Essay about Profession of Arms

11066 WordsJul 9, 201145 Pages
An Army White Paper: The Army Profession of Arms, Its Culture, and Ethic The overall objective of the Army Profession of Arms campaign is for Soldiers and leaders to refine their understanding of what it means to be professionals--expert members of the Profession of Arms--after nine years of war and to recommit to a culture of service and the responsibilities and behaviors of our profession as articulated in the Army Ethic. GEN Martin E. Dempsey, CG, TRADOC The preeminent military task, and what separates [the military profession] from all other occupations, is that soldiers are routinely prepared to kill…in addition to killing and preparing to kill, the soldier has two other principal duties…some soldiers die and, when they are…show more content…
Since the Army’s professionalization, there have been ebbs and flows in the degree to which the Army has manifested the nature and motivations of a profession rather than its other organizational character of government occupation – highly professional in periods of expansion and later phases of war and less so in periods of contraction after wars, e.g. post-WWII into Korea and post-Vietnam. Even after the establishment of an all-volunteer force in 1971 and the rebuilding of the Army NCO Corps post-Vietnam, these ebbs and flow have continued. The Army in Desert Shield- Desert Storm was highly professional; the Army after the next decade of build-down and the exodus of captains and other leaders and talent in the late 1990s was arguably much less so. A recent report suggests that the operating forces of the Army, after nine years of war in the Middle East, exhibit more clearly the traits and character of a profession, comparatively, to force-generating side of the Army. So, as described above as a producing organization, the Army really has a dual nature—that of a government occupation structured as a hierarchical bureaucracy and that of a vocational, specifically military, profession. Section 1.1 - Where will the balance be? The issue that faces the Army now, and will more so in the transition period we are entering as we transition from Iraq to Afghanistan,

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