An Assessment of the Profession of Arms

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What does it mean to be a professional? A professional is defined as a qualified and experienced person in a work environment that conforms to the standards of skill, with competence and character. After nearly a decade of war the Army has decided to focus on creating professionals rather than just creating warriors. Leaders have realized the importance of being a professional and want to ensure that every soldier and civilian member of the Army understands the same importance. Therefore, the Army has begun implementing the Profession of Arms. “The Army is an American Profession of Arms, a vocation comprised of experts certified in the ethical applications of lethal land combat power, serving under civilian authority, entrusted to defend the constitution and rights and interest of the American People” (Gen. Casey, 2010).

After reading General Casey’s statement on what it means to be a Profession of Arms I realize the importance of ensuring that the traditions and values of the Army are upheld well beyond war. It is essential for the Army to develop itself as a profession. By developing professionals the Army is ensuring that service members have leaders with expert knowledge and ethical behaviors. Unlike other professions the Army is based on unique fields of expertise and demonstrated competencies. Even though, the Army is structured differently from civilian careers it is still imperative that soldiers have character and skills that will transfer into the civilian sector. By adapting to a Profession of Arms the military has began preparing for the next phase; a phase that may be different from a war environment.

Ethics is the study of moral standards and how they affect conduct. The Profession of Arms mentality will teach soldiers of all ranks to conduct a self assessment and transform into a trained expert with high ethical values. By transforming the warrior into the expert the military is ensuring that ethical values are maintained. It is...
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