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The challenges of warfarea formidable and dangerous

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The challenges of warfare—a formidable and dangerous enemy, a hostile and uncertain environment, physical and emotional fatigue, separation from loved ones, and attendant stresses—wear on even the most experienced Army Professional. To persevere and prevail in these conditions requires an intangible resilience that is at the core of the Army Ethic and is broadly manifested in the ethos of its units. This is why Esprit de Corps is essential to mission accomplishment.
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17 THE ARMY PROFESSION
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Stewardship of the Army Profession Stewardship is the responsibility of Army Professionals to ensure the profession maintains its five essential characteristics now and into the future. We continuously strive for excellence in the performance of duty and to efficiently, effectively, and ethically manage the Army’s resources. Stewardship requires that Army Professionals understand their work is more than just a job; it is an office, and even further it is not a physical office; rather it is a moral office. Army Professionals accept this sense of office when sworn in under oath. Swearing or affirming into an office is explicit in the Army Officer and Civilian Oaths (and implied in the Enlisted Oath). These oaths conclude with the language: “…and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office upon which I am about to enter.” 18
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19 THE ARMY PROFESSION 19 We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America. Preamble to the United States Constitution
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20 MISSION COMMAND Today’s Professional Soldier must internalize the Army Values in order to effectively and ethically perform decentralized operations. Mission command is based on mutual trust and shared understanding and purpose. It demands every Soldier be prepared to assume responsibility, maintain unity of effort, take prudent action, and act resourcefully within the commander’s intent. [ADRP 6-0] “Most operations we see in the military are decentralized operations. Normally what that means is you are going to have a junior leader, a lieutenant, or a sergeant going out there making tactical decisions that have strategic effects. Nobody is looking over their shoulder saying ‘Yes. Pull the trigger,’ or ‘No, do not pull the trigger.’ The decision he or she is going to make, and because it has a strategic effect, is going to be defined by the set of values he or she aspires to and those values are defined by the values of our United States Army.” LTG Robert L. Caslen Superintendent, United States Military Academy “I am a Professional because I am certified in my job and I perform within established Army standards. Whether I consider myself a careerist or just in for one enlistment, I take my place in battle. It is my education, training, certification, and ’service’ that captures my status as a Professional.” MG (R) Rodney Anderson Profession of Arms Forum 11-3
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