The Army Profession: A Narrative
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS SCHOOL OF ADVANCED MILITARY STUDIES
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In 2010, the Secretary of the Army, John M. McHugh, and the Army Chief of Staff, General George W. Casey, directed the TRADOC Commander, General Martin Dempsey, to conduct a review of the Army profession. General Dempseys review gave rise to the Army Profession Campaign. In the literature supporting the Army Profession Campaign, Army leaders described the Army as a profession with two sub-professions the Army Profession of Arms and the Army Civilian Corps. Defining civilians a part of the military profession is a significant departure from existing practice and raises the following question Why did Army leaders adopt the Army Profession concept This all-inclusive model of the Army as a profession is ahistorical and begs the following question Why did Army leaders adopt it A survey of key profession of arms models, sociological research on professions, and research on organizational theory and narrative theory suggests that Army leaders may have developed the Army Profession concept as a rhetorical device aimed at improving or reinforcing discipline within the Army. Organizational theorist Valerie Fournier describes a theory of professionalization in which an organization s leaders use the concept of a profession to inculcate behavioral norms within the organization. Research into the Army Profession concept supports the inference that Army leaders developed the Army Profession concept as a rhetorical device.
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