Army Profession Campaign Hits Stride
Leaders from around the U.S. Army met Jan. 30 to discuss the accomplishments of the first year of the Army Profession Campaign, and to chart a way ahead for the future.
The Army Profession Forum, hosted by Gen. Robert W. Cone, commanding general of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Fort Eustis, Va., reviewed the findings of focus groups, senior leader forums, research studies, engagements at conferences and symposia, surveys, and social media engagements. The study was conducted by the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE) and partners to determine the state of the Army profession after more than a decade of conflict. More than 100 senior military and civilian leaders from both the operating and generating forces attended the forum.
Gen. Cone said he believes the work done during the Army Profession Campaign, and the results of the campaign, will help Army professionals make the mental bridge between the activities they do every day and the more enduring aspects of the Army Profession.
This forum also marked the transition of the Army Profession Campaign from a campaign of learning to a campaign of implementation, through initiatives that strengthen the profession.
Col. Sean Hannah, the director of CAPE, and his staff guided attendees through discussions of ways to strengthen the Army Profession. Additionally, the forum fine-tuned the governance process for maintaining a steady focus on the Army Profession.
Overall, CAPE reported that members throughout the force, both uniformed and civilian, view themselves as professionals and the Army as a profession. They are proud of their service and feel that the experiences from the last decade of conflict have in many ways made the profession stronger. Studies revealed Soldier concerns about the erosion of key aspects of the Army’s culture, and a desire to reemphasize traditions. Soldiers also recognized that some basic competencies and standards have changed and must be reviewed to determine what is needed for the Army during the current transition period and beyond.
The Army Profession Campaign was launched in January 2011 by Gen. George W. Casey, then chief of staff of the Army. The campaign is designed to assess the effects of the last decade of war on the force; what it means to be a profession; and what it means to be a professional.
For more information on the CAPE and the Army Profession Campaign visit: https://www.us.army.mil/suite/page/456795.