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Army White Paper - Developing the Character of Army Professionals: Forging the Way Ahead

The importance of developing and strengthening the character of Soldiers and Army Civilians is widely recognized in American military history, discussed in professional journals, and cited in Army doctrine. This tenet reflects our belief that trust is the foundation for success on every mission and in all relationships, and such trust cannot be continuously reinforced without leaders of character who help us win our nation's wars in the right way.

Based on differences in operations and career management programs, the content and timing of activities supporting leader and professional development necessarily differ within the Profession of Arms. Likewise, the developmental process for the Army Civilian Corps is tailored to meet its unique characteristics. However, what is common to current leader and professional development in each of our components and communities of practice is the absence of an accessible, accepted, comprehensive, and adaptable concept for developing and assessing character. This White Paper discusses this critical gap in our capability.

Our success in closing this gap will enhance individual and unit readiness; build cohesive teamwork; support the Army Family; strengthen the Army culture of trust; and reinforce trust with the American people. As we move forward with this strategically important initiative, we welcome your perspectives and recommendations in order to achieve consensus on how our Army develops character.

Read the full white paper here: Developing the Character of Trusted Army Professionals: Forging the Way Ahead

Ethic Foundational to OCS

To facilitate training on the Army Profession and Army Ethic, the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic's senior enlisted advisor Sgt. Maj. David Stewart conducted seminars for both command teams and the general training audience at Operational Contract Support Joint Exercise 2016 in March at Fort Bliss, Texas.

"Though we may be different services, we are all having the same conversations about how to do the right thing," Stewart said.

Read the full article on AR News here: Ethic foundational to OCS

Leaders of Character

A cadet asked what the most important attribute is that a young leader should seek out that will help him or her succeed and win in an increasingly complex world.

"Being leaders of character," Vice Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Daniel B. Allyn responded.

Allyn spoke to soldiers and West Point and ROTC cadets at the ninth annual West Point Leadership and Ethics Conference at the George Mason University campus in Arlington, Virginia, March 17. The theme this year was "Living an Honorable Life."

Read the full article from AR News here: 'You can't surge character'

TRADOC CSM plans Army Profession Town Hall

The first-ever "State of NCO Development Town Hall" went so well in March at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, that the senior enlisted soldier for Training and Doctrine Command plans to host three more such meetings to answer questions from the force.

The final town hall, being planned now, will likely be in November or December and cover the Army profession, Davenport said.

Read the full article in Army Times: TRADOC town hall's success spurs promise of more

Army Civilians – Members of the Army Profession

Retired Army Col. Kim Summers has written an article for Military Review entitled "The Army Civilian Corps Professionals in the Making" in which Summers argues that "... in order to integrate the Army Civilians Corps as full-fledged members of the Army Profession, it is essential to certify those that meet the criteria."

Read the full article here: The Army Civilian Corps Professionals in the Making

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