The Army as a Profession
The Army is a profession of arms for three reasons. It provides security for the nation, which is something the United States can't provide for itself. The Army produces uniquely expert work which requires years of study and practice. Army Soldiers are motivated by the privilege and honor of service to the United States. The following essay will define the criteria for a profession and what it means to be a member of that profession.
The white paper defines the profession of arms as a vocation made up of experts who are certified in ethical application of land combat power, entrusted to defend the Constitution and the rights and interests of the American people. In order for an occupation to be considered a profession it must gain the trust of their client through ethic.
There are key attributes for the profession of arms at the organizational level. They are trust, expertise, development, service, and values. Trust is the most important attribute the Army seeks as professionals. We must gain the trust of the American people who we serve. Soldiers must also gain trust in order to develop professionally. Army families must be able to trust the units while deployed in order to bring back Soldiers safely. To maintain trust continuous development is required by Army professionals in order to develop expertise. The Army provides a vital service which is manifested in duty of the individual Soldier, which is one of the Army Values. Being an Army professional requires unwavering values which manifest in character of the individual Solider.
To be considered a professional Soldier one must live by the Army Values and the Soldier's Creed.
The seven Army Values are Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, and Personal Courage. Upholding these values day-to-day is the most important role of a Soldier. Loyalty is important to the Army because it is our obligation to support and defend the Constitution of the United...