01 Lesson Officership and Psychology

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Officership and Psychology ASSIGNMENT a. Read General Information in this Course Guide b. Read pp. 26-31 (Text Chapter 1). c. Read Course Guide Reading 1 - Officership d. Complete Exercise 1-1 LESSON OBJECTIVES 1.1. Discuss how Psychology can inform and assist in Officership developmental process 1.2. Summarize the principles of sound study habits and test taking strategies. PERFORMANCE OBJECTIVES 1-1. Define Psychology (page 18). The science that studies behavior and the physiologial and congitive processes that underlie it, and the profession that applies the accumulate knowledge of this science to practical problems. 1.2. Describe the four roles of Officership: a. Warrior (Warfighter) This role is the one that distinguishes officers from all other professions. No matter what their expertise, their first obligation is to protect the freedoms of our nation by experiencing warfare. Only Army officers develop and maintain the expertise to apply lethal violence to fight and win our Nation’s wars. While our country often calls upon the Army and its officers to serve in other capacities, warfighting (and its corollary, the prevention of war) is the functional imperative that distinguishes Army officers from members of all other professions. b. Servant of the Nation United States Army officers serve the American people. Their self-concept must be that of “servant,” one with specific duties. Officers provide for society that which society cannot provide for itself—security of our democratic Nation, its way of life, and its values. This unique relationship establishes in an officer a moral obligation to serve effectively and a sense of duty and commitment with unlimited liability. The relationship between an officer and society implies a lifetime of selfless service, initially in uniform and then more broadly following retirement. c. Member of a Profession The self-concept of officership has no meaning in American society absent its context within the military profession. As argued above, democratic nations create professions to do what they cannot do for themselves. But it is the profession, with its inherent expertise that provides the client—the Nation—with what it needs. Officers practice their profession by abstracting from a body of expert knowledge and applying that specific portion of their expertise to new and often 1 1 L E S S O N
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unforeseen situations. Both the acquisition of this always dynamic knowledge and the ability to
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This note was uploaded on 04/03/2008 for the course PL 100 taught by Professor Meine during the Spring '08 term at West Point.

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