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America's Army Our Profession "Living the Army Ethic"

The FY15-16 America's Army - Our Profession "Living the Army Ethic" Program begins today (1 October 2014) and continues through 30 September 2016. The CSA's intent is to generate shared understanding of the central role of the Army Ethic in explaining, inspiring, and motivating Why and How We Serve.

The Army Ethic. Our professional ethic is expressed in law, Army Values, creeds, oaths, ethos, and shared beliefs embedded within Army culture. It inspires and motivates the conduct of Army Professionals -- Soldiers and Army Civilians -- who are bound together in common, moral purpose. It expresses the standard and expectation for all of us to make right decisions and to take right actions at all times. It is the heart of our shared professional identity, our sense of who we are, our purpose in life, and Why and How We Serve the American people.

View the Living the Army Ethic Training Support Package

Army Civilian Acculturation Program

To better integrate Army Civilian employees into the Department of the Army, the Army has launched the Army Civilian Acculturation pilot program at several installations across the Army. The pilot program which started at the end of August 2014 is the result of more than a year of work led by U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command G-1/4 in conjunction with many individuals and organizations.

"The Army relies on quality Civilians in professional, technical, and leadership positions to accomplish our mission and provide continuity of operations and expertise essential to our nation's defense. ... As supervisors and leaders we must build employee confidence by developing their character, competence, and commitment as members of the Army Profession" said Ellen Helmerson, TRADOC Deputy Chief of Staff, G-1/4 (Personnel and Logistics).

Read More: Army pilots Civilian Acculturation program to familiarize new hires with Army culture, mission

Becoming an Effective Teacher

SSG Rich Stowell recently wrote an article on the NCO Journal titled From the Field: NCOs and their effectiveness as teachers. In the article SSG Stowell discusses what it means to be an effective teacher.

Delivering instruction and training is at the heart of the NCO's role in the Army. Because leading troops and supporting operations are critical jobs for noncommissioned officers, training and mentoring never stops, even during operations. ... Since the types of future operations aren't certain and their challenges can't be anticipated, we need Soldiers who can learn quickly to adapt to a variety of situations.

There has been a debate on what makes a teacher effective. Ronald Ferguson, a senior lecturer in education and public policy at Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, has done some research on how to measure teacher effectiveness. Ferguson has come up with what he calls the "Seven C's" which shows what responsibilities a good teacher needs. The Seven C's are: care, control, clarify, challenge, captivate, confer, and consolidate.

Read more: From the Field: NCOs and their effectiveness as teachers

New Video Case Study - Standing Strong: Confronting Unethical Conduct

CDT Kelly Kingma reported her tactical NCO for unprofessional conduct. After several investigations, it was found that he photographed and filmed females without their knowledge and consent. He pled guilty to one charge and eight specifications of a violation of Article 120 of military law for "indecent acts."

As a two time Ironman finisher there is no doubt Cadet Kelly Kingma is "tough." Throughout this two year ordeal the harsh criticism she received from her peers for reporting a competent and well liked career NCO for these unprofessional acts bothered her most.

She is sharing her story to help leaders understand the importance of supporting those who come forward with an allegation of wrongdoing.

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CSA Introduces New Army Operating Concept to Army War College Class of 2015

Army War College Class of 2015 was the first major audience with which the Chief of Staff of the Army GEN Ray Odierno discussed the new Army Operating Concept. During the discussion GEN Ray Odierno asked the audience what are the responsibilities of members of the Army Profession?

"We're given great responsibility," said GEN Ray Odierno. "That responsibility is like no other, sometimes given the responsibility to knowingly take other lives. That's an incredible responsibility, and we have to make sure that we understand the importance of doing it within the moral and ethical values of our nation and who we stand for."

Read More: CSA discusses Army Operating Concept with Army War College class of 2015

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