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2 13 the army certifies the expertise of individuals

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2-13. The Army certifies the expertise of individuals and units. Certification of individuals occurs at different stages during their service and varies based upon the
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Our Profession 17 September 2012 ADP 1 2-5 particular skill set. The Army is a profession of professions, some uniquely military and others with close civilian counterparts. In the latter case, Army professionals first earn certification in their broader profession, for example as a doctor or lawyer. Initial certification may occur in a civil school, a military venue, or both. Soldiers and Army Civilians then develop further expertise based on specific military application, such as courts martial procedures for lawyers. However, military expertise is highly specialized and validated wholly within the Army. For example, training and validation of an artillery crewman has no civilian equivalent. 2-14. Three broad criteria apply to certification of Army professionals. Individuals develop certification in detail through Army branches, proponents, and Army Civilian career field programs. Certification measures competence, character, and commitment. For advancement, Army professionals demonstrate competence; their mastery of specific skills. Character ensures Army professionals use their expertise on behalf of the American people and only in accordance with the law. Commitment reflects each individual’s willingness to put the requirements of the Army and Nation above their personal goals. 2-15. Units are also certified, but in terms of readiness to accomplish their missions. Unit compliance with safety and personnel regulations is measured through inspections. Unit combat readiness is determined by demonstrated performance in training events and through candid assessment by the chain of command. Units deploying to combat typically go through an additional phase of training called a mission rehearsal exercise that mimics likely missions as closely as safety, resources, and terrain allow. M EMBERSHIP IN THE A RMY P ROFESSION 2-16. The Army profession recognizes two communities of practice: the Profession of Arms and Army Civilian Corps . After taking an initial oath, each individual (military or civilian) becomes a member of the Army profession, but an individual is not a professional until certified. The transition from an aspiring professional to a professional in either community is not automatic. Initial certification occurs upon graduation or completion of the first qualifying event such as Advanced Individual Training for the Soldier. Membership is a status that is earned through certification and periodic recertification in competence, character, and commitment. Membership in the Army profession carries with it significant responsibility—the effective and ethical application of combat power. Additional certifications follow as the professional advances in skill, experience, and responsibility. The responsibility for each individual’s development and certification is a mutual one, shared by the individual with the Army.
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