Professionalism as defined: characterized by or conforming to the technical or ethical standards of a profession or exhibiting a courteous, conscientious, and generally businesslike manner in the workplace. The Army hands down is a profession, and displays those characteristics. The Army has been held to specific and technical standards for around 237 years. For the past decade the professional title has been attached and attributed with the Army. For example: the Army values and Soldier creed that all Soldiers are proud to learn and memorize displays this so well. Two excerpts from the Soldier creed displays this truth.” I am disciplined, physically and mentally tough, trained and proficient in my warrior tasks and drills. I am an expert and I am a professional.”
There are two aspects of professionalism within the Army, being professional and maintaining professionalism. To be professional Soldiers must hold themselves to high standards. They Practice and hone their skills daily as they are committed to serve. Being a professional does take time, but through training, education and experience that title can be achieved. The Army will only maintain professionals and the title of being a profession if Soldiers are being invested in and learning what traits, skills and attributes to apply as a professional. Soldiers learning the profession need to be led and inspired; they should be challenged and feel the calling. The Army is not just a job, it’s a lifestyle that they volunteer to do; and are committed to defend.
Army Professionals have the ability to reason effectively. They call this discretionary judgment, and it’s achieved through years of practice, experience and knowledge. They maintain professionalism by knowing what to do or how to do it. True professionals maintain their own work. Practicing discretionary judgment and displaying it has reinforced the trust relationship the American people have in the Army profession.
Professional Army culture also...
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