THE ARMY PROFESSION 5

Trustin ADRP 1-0: The Army Profession

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Trustin ADRP 1-0: The Army Profession

Everyday civilians swear an oath to become soldiers of the United StatesArmy, and each day Army unit are deployed to different locations inAfghanistan and Iraq to carry out important missions. The army isconstantly shaping and molding individuals through training, tostrengthen the understanding of what it means for an individual tobecame a professional soldier in the army. No more is the armyperceived as just another job for individuals who are unemployed, itis considered a profession worthy of a patriot American citizen.According to ADRP 1 (2013) the army as a profession “is a uniquevocation of experts certified in the design, generation, support, andethical application of land power, serving under civilian authorityand entrusted to defend the Constitution and the rights and interestof the United States citizens”. The army profession is based onfive characteristics that include military expertise, esprit decorps, stewardship, and trust of the profession. Thesecharacteristics complement one another with trust being thefoundation without trust, the army profession cannot be build.

Asmentioned above, trust is the foundation of the army profession. Toillustrate this, General Odierno states that “Our profession isbuilt on the bedrock of trust” (O’Neill, 2014) Therefore, thearmy is built on the framework of moral and ethical principles. Ourleaders use these moral and ethical principles on a daily basis inthe process of making important decisions. The citizens in the UnitedStates entrust the army to instill use of moral and ethical decisionswith the capability to protect the national security with lethalforce. The citizens of the United States hold the army accountable asit carries out one of the most important tasks the military is giventhe execution of combat in hostile environments. Therefore,relationships within the army need trust. For instance, theeffectiveness and efficiency in combat in hostile environments needstrust to be built to reduce the risk of death. This can be achievedthrough relationships that are formed during training and when armypersonnel are exercising in teams.

Whena soldier in the army trusts another soldier during training, he ismore likely to have trust that the risk of death in combat in hostileenvironments reduces significantly. This trust among soldiers isbuilt when they recite the oath to “defend the Constitution and therights and interest” of the United States citizens (ADRP 1, 2013).Thus, trust within the army reflects the honorable service that isoffered by a soldier to another soldier in combat in hostileenvironments. As a result, trust brings soldiers together in the armywhile at the same time fostering good relationships. In particular,it brings them together through profound pride as soldiers to servethe American nation through stewardship and honorable service.

Tobe successful, soldiers in the army must be well-equipped,well-trained, and ready to accomplish missions. Nevertheless, thesepreparations alone are not adequate to ensure missions areaccomplished successfully. An uncertain and hostile environment,formidable and dangerous enemy, and emotional and physical fatigueare all conditions of warfare. To prevail and persevere in theseconditions of warfare, the soldiers in the army require intangibleresilience. This is why esprit de corps is vital to theaccomplishment of missions. Esprit de corps is considered “thewinning spirit within the Army Profession, embedded in the culture,sustained by traditions and customs, which fosters cohesive andconfident units with the courage to preserve” (ADRP 1, 2013).

Whileesprit de corps gives the soldiers in the army the winning spirit, itis not adequate enough to ensure that they accomplish their missionssuccessfully. Esprit de corps requires pride and discipline in thearmy which develops the foundation of trust of a winning spirit. Forexample, even though soldiers had a winning spirit when they weredeployed in the hostile environment in 2003 in the Iraq invasion,they had to trust one another to provide protection and security.Without trust, many of the soldiers would have been wounded badly orkilled while serving their nation. Therefore, esprit de corps withouttrust between soldiers in hostile environments may result in injuriesand even death.

TheAmerican community puts its trust in the army to upholdresponsibilities and duties to protect the nation with commitment.While the community puts its trust in the army, the army faces manychallenges. The challenges soldiers face, such as uncertain andhostile environment, formidable and dangerous enemy, and emotionaland physical fatigue directly affect the relationships within thearmy. With these challenges, the soldiers in the army may becomeunsuccessful in their missions. Therefore, for the soldiers to besuccessful in their missions, they will need to build a foundation oftrust in all levels of the army to prove that they are stewards oftheir profession by providing honorable services with a winningspirit that will ensure the safety of the citizens of the UnitedStates.

References

ADRP1 (2013). ADRP1: The army profession.Washington DC: Department of the Army Washington, DC.

O’Neill,T. (2014). Thetime is now for military justice for assault victims. Retrieved29 July 2016, fromhttp://www.huffingtonpost.com/terry-oneill/the-time-is-now-for-milit_b_4775836.html