Profession of Arms

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The Profession of Arms

As Defined, Dissected and Debunked

Along with any healthy debate comes, the original textbook definition of the subject being discussed. Since this is a report and not an oral debate, I have the privilege of expressing my opinions without the consequence of being challenged by an adversary. We will get to my perception of “The Profession of Arms” shortly. For now, let’s get the official, Uncle Sam approved, campaign winning definition out of the way. The complete definition of the profession of arms provides all members of the Armed Forces with a common understanding of what it means to be a military professional. Understanding the nature of military professionalism, its relation to the military ethos and the vital institutional role of the Armed Forces is crucial to combat effectiveness and to meeting the citizens’ expectations that their military professionals will defend the nation with honor. This entails meeting the highest standards of professionalism and having a full understanding of the obligations inherent in military service. Sounds intoxicatingly patriotic and symbolic to what our country stands for, doesn’t it? Funny thing though, this did not come from a United States military doctrine. This definition didn’t even come from the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE). No, this came from our dear friends to the north. That’s right; this concept came directly from the Canadian Forces (CF). Lieutenant Colonel Bill Bentley, from the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies (CISS), created a leadership manual for Canada’s armed forces, entitled “Duty with Honour: Profession of Arms” in Canada back in 2003. Coincidently, LTC Bentley served as the Canadian Exchange Instructor at the Us Army Command and Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. Please don’t misinterpret the fact that I pointed out the origin of this phrase, or slogan. I simply felt it was necessary to set the tone for this report. My hope...
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