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Once again, the challenge to the U.S. Army during a defense reduction : to remain a military profession / Don M. Snider.

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  • Physical Description: 1 online resource (viii, 34 pages) : illustrations.
  • Publisher: Carlisle, PA : Strategic Studies Institute, U.S. Army War College, 2012.

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General Note:
Title from PDF title page (viewed on February 9, 2012).
"February 2012."
Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 30-34).
Formatted Contents Note:
Introduction -- The background realities -- Including Army civilians -- The essential characteristics of the Army profession -- The way ahead -- Conclusion.
Summary, etc.:
As with the post-Cold War downsizing during the Clinton administration in the late 1990s, one critical challenge for the U.S. Army centers on the qualitative, institutional character of the Army after the reductions -- will the U.S. Army manifest the essential characteristics and behavior of a military profession with Soldiers and civilians who see themselves sacrificially called to a vocation of service to country within a motivating professional culture that sustains a meritocratic ethic, or will the Army's character be more like any other government occupation in which its members view themselves as filing a job, motivated mostly by the extrinsic factors of pay, location, and work hours? In mid-2010, the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff directed the Commanding General, Training and Doctrine Command, then General Martin Dempsey, to undertake a broad campaign of learning, involving the entire Department. The intent was to think through what it means for the Army to be a profession of arms and for its Soldiers and civilians to be professionals as the Army largely returns stateside after a decade of war and then quickly transitions to the new era of Defense reductions. Several new conceptions of the Army as a military profession have been produced, along with numerous initiatives that are currently being staffed to strengthen the professional character of the Army as it simultaneously recovers from a decade of war and transitions through reductions in force. They form the descriptive content of this monograph.
Subject: United States. Army > Vocational guidance.
Professional employees.
Soldiers > Professional ethics.
Military ethics > United States.

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