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Civilian authority over the military is established

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people through their professional engagement in civil-military relations. Civilian authority over the military is established and codified in our Constitution and is the mechanism by which the American people, through their elected and appointed officials, exercise oversight of the military. Army professionals understand this and appreciate the traditional role that such oversight has played throughout our history (see figure 6-2). Figure 6-2. Civil-military relations 6-9. Final decisions and responsibility for national strategy and policy, and for the organization and resourcing of the Army rest with civilian authority. With this understanding, Army professionals have a duty to provide their unique and vital expertise to the decision making process. It is our responsibility to ensure that professional military advice is candidly and respectfully presented to civilian leaders.. 6-10. The key condition for effective American civil-military relations is mutual respect and trust. With this understanding, Army professionals strictly adhere to a set of norms established by law and accepted practice: z The Army Profession s principal obligation is to support the democratic institutions and policy- making processes of our government. Military leaders offer their expertise and advice candidly to appropriate civilian leadership. z Civilian decision makers seek and consider professional military advice in the context of policy deliberations. Army professionals properly confine their advisory role to the policy-making process and do not engage publically in policy advocacy or dissent. Army professionals adhere to a strict ethic of political nonpartisanship in the execution of their duty. z The legitimacy of the Army Profession depends on healthy interaction with the news media. Within the limits of operations security, Army professionals support and facilitate the media s legitimate function to inform the citizenry we honorably serve.
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Chapter 6 6-4 ADRP 1 14 June 2015 STEWARDSHIP DURING TRANSITIONS 6-11. The Army Profession serves the Nation in the common defense, and the Constitution empowers the Congress to raise and support the Army. As such, throughout our history, the Army has experienced transitions in size and composition. We respond to congressional and executive directives with consideration for the Army s ability to accomplish the mission and for effects on our people and property. We do this in a manner consistent with our professional status and strengthen the essential characteristics of our profession as we achieve the new end state capabilities. We emerge, ready and resilient, always prepared for the next mission. 6-12. Now and in the future, Army leaders will continue to inspire honorable service, develop and apply military expertise for new generations of Army professionals, and sustain the esprit de corps that is our winning spirit. Senior Army leaders will adjust our policies and strengthen our institutional systems to anticipate and meet operational demands. In this way, senior stewards of the Army Profession reinforce our sacred bond of trust with the American people.
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