MSL101L07 Profession of Arms SR.pdf

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context is distinct because of American military structure and the way the U.S. military employs joint capabilities. Also like other professions, we apply our knowledge using expertise developed through extensive education and training. Like other professions, we certify individual and organizational competence. F IELDS OF P ROFESSIONAL K NOWLEDGE 2-9. We develop and maintain professional knowledge in four broad fields. First, the military-technical field encompasses the doctrine of how the Army applies landpower, including the integration and adaptation of technology, the organization of units, and the planning and execution of military operations. Second, the moral-ethical field describes how the Army applies its combat power according to law and the expectation of our citizens. Third, the political-cultural field prescribes how personnel and units operate effectively across and outside the Army’s institutional boundaries. Land operations require cooperation with other Armed Forces, foreign militaries, other government agencies (our own and those of other countries), and all manner of human societies. Finally, the Army specializes in leader development because good leaders are the qualitative multiplier on any battlefield, the most dynamic element of combat power. 2-10. We impart our professional knowledge through training and education at both individual and unit levels. Doctrine expresses a common body of knowledge that Soldiers and Army Civilians use to educate and train. Individual education maintains professional knowledge across generations. Individual and unit training transform knowledge into expertise—a high level of skill in applying knowledge in actual situations. 2-11. Army doctrine stresses mission command, the conduct of military operations that allows subordinate leaders maximum initiative. It acknowledges that operations in the land domain are complex and often chaotic, and micro-management does not work. Mission command emphasizes competent leaders applying their expertise to the situation as it exists on the ground and accomplishing the mission based on their commander’s intent. Mission command fosters a culture of trust, mutual understanding, and a willingness to learn from mistakes. 2-12. Training does more than develop technical expertise. It encourages Army leaders to exercise discretionary judgments without close supervision. Given the nature of modern land operations, this ability is critically important because of the lethality of what we do. The failure of individual Army professionals to make the right decision can be devastating, particularly in an omnipresent information environment. The Army Values shape and bind Soldiers’ and Army Civilians’ discretionary judgments. We strive to ingrain a strong professional ethos, one of trust, honorable service, and high esprit de corps, in parallel with our technical expertise.
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