Center for the Army Profession and Ethic

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History of CAPE

To reinforce the Army Profession and its Ethic, the Army Chief of Staff established the Army Center of Excellence for the Professional Military Ethic (ACPME) in May 2008. Located at West Point, New York, the wellspring of professional Soldier values for more than 200 years, the ACPME was re-designated as the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE) and realigned to fall under the command and control of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) and its Combined Arms Center (CAC) in August 2010.

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This change has assisted CAPE with the expansion of its proponent mission from the Army Ethic and character development to a broader proponency responsible for the full scope of the Army Profession. CAPE's objectives are to assess, study, and refine the Profession of Arms, the Army Ethic and culture; increase Army members understanding and internalization of what it means for the Army to be a Profession and to be a Professional; accelerate professional and character development in individuals, units, and Army culture through training, education, and leader development; and lead Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel and Facilities (DOTMLPF) initiatives to reinforce the Army Profession, Army Ethic, and culture. In order to leverage the vast intellectual capital at the United States Military Academy, the CAPE offices remain at West Point.


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