Just as the ancient warriors of the past continued to

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• Just as the ancient warriors of the past continued to transform themselves in their daily lives, a Marine’s transformation must be sustained on a daily basis throughout their service.• Aligning personal values with organizational values and developing the Marine Corps ethos through proper leadership will produce the results expected by our nation.ESTABILISHING THE ENVIRONMENTThere is a constant reference to professionalism in military service and the desire for professional behavior. As professional military leaders, we have obligations and responsibilities to our organization, our country, and ourselves. It must be recognized that unprofessional behavior by a Marine reflects not just upon that Marine’s personal reputation but upon the reputation of all Marines. There has long been a concern over the fundamental shift away from the motivational basis of military service being a calling and the movement toward being just another job where the first priority readily could become self interest. Careerists, and those who view the military as an occupation, are constant detractors from our overall professionalism. So what is a profession, and what makes us professionals?THE PROFESSION OF ARMSBy definition, a profession requires specialized knowledge and often long and intensive academic preparation. If we cease to refine, expand, and improve our profession T we risk becoming outdated, stagnant, and defeated. Every Marine has an individual responsibility to study the profession of arms. A leader without interest in, or knowledge of, the history and theory of warfare is a leader in appearance only. Marines are part of one of the oldest and most honored professions. However, with this prestige comes the responsibility of conducting yourself in a manner consistent with its organizational values and those who have served and sacrificed not only for our Corps, but for our country. Our leadership is at theheart of why Marines enjoy a reputation that is unparalleled among those practicing the profession of arms.THE PROFESSION OF ARMSThere are eight characteristics of a professionSocial ServiceA profession renders a unique social service. The most obvious social service rendered by the Marine Corps is the defense of the nation. However, there are others such as providing technical skills used by our society and developing young men and women who are capable of contributing to society in a positive mannerIntellectual SkillA profession relies upon intellectual skills. The intellectual skills utilized by the Marine Corps include leadership, ethics, law, mechanics, all forms of engineering, and motivation As Marines deploy around the world for combat or training operations they are dealing with host- nations and private citizens.

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