Profession of Arms

By Hernandez, Marisol | Warrior - Citizen, Summer 2011 | Go to article overview
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Profession of Arms


Hernandez, Marisol, Warrior - Citizen


The Army Reserve has evolved into a highly trained, integral part of a combatseasoned operational force, fighting alongside brothers and sisters across services and components for the better part of a decade. Tough, focused and resilienta long way from 'Weekend Warriors.'

But for all the strides that have been made, what was the cost?

And how do we get 'back to the basics' to every Soldier remains grounded by the Army that define us as a profession?

Those were a few of the questions posed by Command Sgt. Maj. Michael D. Schultz, who the Command Sergeants Major 'Profession of panel during the recent 2011 Army Reserve Senior Leader Conference in Chicago.

The Profession of Arms, a campaign launched by Training and Doctrine Command, is an effort to explore the strengths that have sustained Soldiers and the challenges that they are face as a profession.

The level of responsibility and impact of decisions made on the battlefield is far-reaching. Soldiers are entrusted to apply lethal force when necessary, and each instance must be grounded by a moral and ethical compass.

The panel discussion centered on how current policies and practices could be better adapted to define the Army Reserve as a Profession of Arms, using past experiences from attending retired former command sergeants major and the perspectives and insight of several up-and-coming NCO's.

Sgt. 1st Class Daniel Lucas, Army Reserve Recruiter of the Year, felt mentoring young troops has taken a back seat as Soldiers have been immersed in the war-fight.

"Our two basic responsibilities as NCOs are the accomplishment of the mission and the welfare of our Soldiers," said Lucas. "We've been so focused on the accomplishment of that mission that we have been neglecting that personal investment the NCOs used to dedicate to grooming their Soldiers."

According to former Army Reserve Command Sgt. Maj. Michele Jones, there was a time when the reverse was true.

"When I came in, I was Active Component, and identified myself as a legal specialist- we didn't identify ourselves as Soldiers," said Jones. "The Army had not trained me to be a Soldier in 1988."

Today's Soldiers are better educated, and their knowledge has given them an advantage to accomplish any mission, but less Soldiers are receiving training before progressing up the ranks and assuming leadership roles.

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