Our Army must be capable of fighting and winning the Nation’s wars. Thus, we create our own expert knowledge, both theoretical and practical, for the conduct of full spectrum operations inclusive of offense, defense, and stability or civil support operations. We seek to become a professional military force unmatched in capability, character, and values. Our Army develops Soldiers and leaders throughout their careers of service to be experts and to use that expert knowledge, both as individuals and as units, for the defense of the Constitution, the American people, and our way of life.
I encourage you to read the Army Profession of Arms 2011: The Profession After Ten Years of Persistent Conflict and reflect on the strengths and challenges our Army profession faces daily.
Basic to our Profession of Arms is the fundamental premise of earning and maintaining the trust of the American people as well as accomplishing necessary missions at the lowest overall cost to our members. The Army profession, made up of Soldiers, NCO’s, Officers, Warrant Officers and civilians executes the Art and Science of Land Operations accomplishing missions that support and defend the United States of America at the highest ethical standard.
Our Army professionals demonstrate a dedication to the continued development of expert knowledge and leadership in support of these missions. Army professionals are focused and have the courage, skill, character and intrinsic values to accomplish missions daily.
Over the past nine years, our Army professionals have fought wars on two fronts and served all over the world. From these experiences, the Army has created dialogue, recorded history, and has lessons learned to continue to be the strongest military force in the world today. Our seasoned members are solving complex problems at all ranks and mentoring and training is more important than ever before.
There are still lessons to be learned and the opportunity to share and debate your ideas with other professionals is a critical step in understanding the Army as a profession.
Continuing this important dialogue, let’s consider two important questions.
What are the greatest strengths of our profession and how do these strengths help you as a member of the Profession of Arms?
What are the weaknesses of our profession and how might these weaknesses be eliminated or improved upon?
I encourage you to think about these two questions, to discuss them with your colleagues, and to debate them within this blog. To comment, follow this link.