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Developing Trustworthy Commissioned Officers

In the March-April 2014 edition of Military Review LTC David Cushen, LTC (Ret) Joseph Doty, Ph.D., and COL (Ret) Patrick Toffler wrote an article titled Developing Trustworthy Commissioned Officers.

The aim of the article "is to clarify what it means to be a leader of character and to recommend a holistic approach to developing such leaders in each of our [nation's] sources of commissioning". The article touches on many different topics including how leaders are "expect[ed] to be Trustworthy" and how "Trust is gained and sustained through the consistent demonstration of character, competence, and commitment".

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Character, Competence, and Commitment Essential to the Army Profession

Sgt. Maj. of the Army Raymond Chandler recently visited Fort Bliss to talk to Soldiers, listen to Soldiers and their families, and visit the training sites.

During his time at Fort Bliss SMA Chandler spoke to a group of Warrior Leader Course students. SMA Chandler discussed the Army Profession saying, "You can't be a professional as a non-commissioned officer -- you cannot say you are a professional, 'that no one is more professional than I,' if you are not willing to be a person of character and commitment. Everyone in here is a competent person, I wholeheartedly believe that," he continued. "But I'm not sure as an Army that we understand competence is not the most important thing. It is important, but it is only as important as character and commitment."

Read the full article by Master Sgt. Kelly McCargo: SMA Chandler to Bliss Soldiers: Character, commitment, competence essential to Army Profession

Trust Erosion and Identity Corrosion

In case you missed it Col. John A. Vermeesch, currently the Deputy Director of CAPE, wrote an article for the September-October 2013 edition of Military Review magazine titled Trust Erosion and Identity Corrosion.

The U.S. Army spent the last two years studying and debating what it means to be a profession and what qualifies individuals as professionals. It worked to maintain its professional status as an institution and avoid becoming just one more government bureaucracy. However, the critical task that lies ahead requires the Army to identify the future threats to the profession and safeguard against them. This article tackles that task. It identifies challenges to the Army Profession in 2020 and beyond, and makes recommendations to overcome them. The primary threats to the Army Profession in the next decade are the erosion of the American people's trust combined with identity corrosion among Army Professionals.

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Discuss Army Values Daily

We all know every Soldier's time is very valuable. Even with full schedules Maj. Gen. Robert M. Dyess "encourages other leaders ... to spend a few minutes every day in small groups with their Soldiers and civilians, discussing one Army value".

GEN Dyress , the director of Force Development, G-8, "spoke about values during his opening remarks at the annual Force Management, Functional Area 50 meeting in the Pentagon, Wednesday."

"We'd have fewer problems in the Army if more energy was spent on respect," he said.

Read the full article by David Vergun: Force Development director: Army values worthy of daily discussion

A Professional Ethic – The Army Ethic

Dr. Don Snider, a senior fellow with the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE), recently wrote an article that was posted on the ARMY Magazine website titled Addressing the Army's Values-to-Virtues Gap. In the article he starts off mentioning how the Army recently (2013) defined itself "as a modern military profession". He continues on to discuss the Army's professional ethic arguing, "The Army's professional ethic ... is not serving its intended purpose. We are observing a values-to-virtues gap: Army Values are not being sufficiently manifested in militarily virtuous behavior by Army [P]rofessionals."

Read the full article Addressing the Army's Values-to-Virtues Gap on ARMY Magazine.

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