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Army Character Development Project

Page last updated: 17 July 2018

Status: The Initial Draft Implementation & Assessment Plan received Army-wide staffing. Concurrence and CRM comments are being reviewed for incorporation into the Final Draft.

Army Character Development Framework


[+] Introduction

GAP #501028: The Army lacks the capability to identify attributes of character and to assess the success of efforts to develop character so that Army professionals consistently demonstrate their commitment and resilience to live by and uphold the Army Ethic (The Army Capabilities Needs Analysis FY15 – GAP #501028, 2015).

Mission: Under the authority of HQDA EXORD 086-16 HUMAN DIMENSION, the “Character Development Project Team” articulates and gains APLDF (I-14-007) approval for and publishes the Army Concept for Character Development – applicable for all Soldiers and Army Civilians, within the process of leader and professional development – NLT June 2017, in order to strengthen shared identity and inform the certification of trusted Army professionals.

Living by & Upholding the Army Ethic Venn Diagram

Figure 1. Mutual Trust through Living our Shared Identity – Trusted Army Professionals
(CASAP FY15 Technical Report | CASAP FY16 Technical Report)

As trusted Army professionals—Soldiers and Army Civilians—we are honorable servants of the Nation, Army experts, and faithful stewards of the people, other resources, and the profession entrusted to our care. We earn and sustain trust by demonstrating our character, competence, and commitment – making right decisions and taking right actions that are ethical, effective, and efficient. (ADRP 1)

An Army professional is a Soldier or Army Civilian who meets the Army Profession's certification criteria in character, competence, and commitment. (ADRP 1, para 1-11)

Certification: verification and validation of an Army professional's character, competence, and commitment to fulfill responsibilities and successfully perform assigned duty with discipline and to standard.

  • Character: dedication and adherence to the Army Ethic, including Army Values, as consistently and faithfully demonstrated in decisions and actions.
  • Competence: demonstrated ability to successfully perform duty with discipline and to standard.
  • Commitment: resolve to contribute honorable service to the Nation and accomplish the mission despite adversity, obstacles, and challenges. (ADRP 1, para 3-4)

The Character Development Project Team articulates, gains approval for, and publishes the Army concept for developing and assessing the character of Soldiers and Army Civilians within the process of leader and professional development through education, training, and experience.

Figure 2. The Army's Framework for Character Development

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[+] Character Development Literature and Background Documents

Mission Analysis

Literature Review Overview

Character Development Literature

Character Development Models

Army's Past Efforts

Professional Organizational Climate – Defense Department Guidance

Professional Organizational Climate – Army Guidance

Command Climate Surveys

Professional Organizational Climate – Articles & Papers

[+] U.S. Army White Papers

[+] Other Papers, Articles, Studies, and Reports

CGSC Ethics Papers

USMA Cadet Papers

Character Development White Paper Overview

Synchonization of Expression Regarding Soldier and Army Civilian Attributes and Competencies

News Articles

Terms of Reference

RFL Character Strengths Study

[+] Project Team Meetings

6 April 2017

16 February 2017

18 October 2016

16 August 2016

16 June 2016

21 January 2016

12 November 2015

[+] Other Meetings and Events

13 Sep 2017 - Character Development Project Telecon with CAC Senior Leadership

22 Mar 2017 - Meeting with USA Cadet Command

21-22 Mar 2017 - Meetings with USA Recruiting Command

20 Jan 2017 - Character Development in USAWC

11-14 July 2016 - CPT Solarium III, Group 7, Character Development

13-14 April 2016 - Junior Leader Army Profession Symposium

09 December 2015 - Meeting between CAPE and The First Tee

Army Character Development Implementation and Assessment (I&A) Plan


[+] Introduction

Graphic of Character Development Project Implementation & Assessment Phase 1 Graphic of Character Development Project Implementation & Assessment Lines of Effort

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NEW!

Final Draft

References

[+] Project Team Meetings

[+] Army Profession and Leader Development Forum (APLDF)

Contact Information


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Phone: (845) 938-0467, DSN 688-0467 (Reference: Character Development Project)

Revision History

  • 17 July 2018 – Added RFL Impact of Army Character on Soldier Attrition Slides
  • 11 July 2018 – Added RFL Character Strengths Technical Report.
  • 02 July 2018 – Added APLDF 18-3 documents.
  • 31 May 2018 – Added Army Framework for CD IA Plan Final Draft and removed link to Initial Draft.
  • 09 May 2018 – Added status to the top of the page.
  • 29 Mar 2018 – Added APLDF 18-1 and 18-2 documents.
  • 22 Mar 2018 – Added collapsible sections. Added references from the Character Development I&A Plan Initial Draft and the Initial Draft.
  • 26 Jan 2018 – Reorganized into Framework and Implementation & Assessment Plan and added a lot of new references.
  • 29 Nov 2017 – Added 8th Meeting (11 Oct 2017) MFR, APLDF 18-1 Slides, and Terms of Reference
  • 03 Nov 2017 – Added 8th Meeting (11 Oct 2017) Slides.
  • 13 Oct 2017 – Added MFR for 13 Sep 2017 Character Development Project Telecon with CAC Senior Leadership
  • 05 Oct 2017 – Added Three New Articles under the Literature Review – Professional Organizational Climate – Articles & Papers section.
  • 20 Sep 2017 – Added Three New Literature Review Sections (Defense Department Guidance, Army Guidance, Articles & Papers). Updated Literature Review Command Climate Surveys Section.
  • 29 Aug 2017 – Added Army White Paper – The Army's Framework for Character Development. Added CD Framework Figure.
  • 25 Aug 2017 – Updated Mission Analysis
  • 17 Jul 2017 – Added CASAP FY16 Technical Report under Figure 1
  • 20 Apr 2017 – Added 7th Meeting, 6 April 2017, MFR and Slides. Added USACC and USAREC Meetings, 21-22 Mar 2017, MFR's and Slides.
  • 24 Feb 2017 – Added 6th Meeting, 16 February 2017, MFR and Slides.
  • 16 Feb 2017 – Added USAWC Meeting MFR
  • 10 Feb 2017 – Added USAWC Meeting, CD Models, Draft CD Framework White Paper. Updated Literature Review and Mission Analysis.
  • 14 Nov 2016 – Updated CD Mission Analysis Slides.
  • 28 Oct 2016 – Added 5th Meeting MFR and Slides. Added Info Paper – Analysis of past CD efforts
  • 04 Oct 2016 – Added ten documents to new Literature Review – Command Climate Surveys section
  • 14 Sep 2016 – Added four documents to Literature Review section
  • 12 Sep 2016 – Added 4th Meeting, 16 August 2016, MFR.
  • 2 Sep 2016 – Added Army Ethic White Paper, Army Magazine Character Development Article
  • 11 Aug 2016 – Added STAND-TO!, Added 4th Meeting Slides
  • 07 July 2016 – Updated Literature Review – 20 June 2016
  • 29 June 2016 – Added 3rd Meeting, 16 June 2016, MFR.
  • 10 June 2016 – Added CGSC Ethics Papers, USMA Cadet Papers and updated the Mission Analysis.
  • 07 June 2016 – Added 3rd Meeting, 16 June 2016, Slides
  • 03 June 2016 – Added Junior Leader Army Profession Symposium (JLAPS) Summary MFR
  • 20 Apr 2016 – Updated CD White Paper with signed version, Added Synchronization of Expression Info Paper
  • 7 Mar 2016 – Updated Mission Analysis, Updated White Paper
  • 17 Feb 2016 – Reorganized page structure. Added 1st Meeting Read Ahead Files
  • 11 Feb 2016 – Added 2nd Meeting, 21 Jan 2016, MFR
  • 20 Jan 2016 – Added CD Project Team Meeting Slides
  • 4 Jan 2016 – Page created