27 April 2018
1. Purpose: This paper is an information paper on the key points of ADRP 1, The Army Profession. ADRP 1 describes the importance of trust, defines professional service, and explains military expertise and how it is essential to providing support as well as providing readiness.
2. Importance of trust. Trust is one of the most frequently addressed key points throughout ADRP 1. Chapter 1 describes trust as one of the essential characteristics of the Army Profession. Paragraph 1-15 notes that without trust the American people will never “grant us the autonomy we need to accomplish our mission in the right way”. Chapter 3 says that trust is the foundation of our relationship with the American people. Paragraph 3-6 notes that as professionals we “are responsible for reinforcing the Army culture of trust”. Trust is also addressed in chapter 6 as being necessary to the American people trusting its military professionals to steward resources. Trust is further addressed in chapter 7 as essential to our espirit de corps, itself an essential characteristics of our profession.
3. Defining professional service. The title itself of ADRP 1 highlights the truth that the Army is a profession. Thus, one of the key points throughout ADRP 1 is the defining of professional service. A key component of professional service is its link to the Army Ethic. Chapter 2 notes that our very identity as professionals is in our ethical service. As Army professionals, we serve through moral principles that guide our every action. Paragraph 1-14 notes that we serve honorably and provide the American people a service which they cannot provide for themselves. Paragraph 4-15 ties this service we provide to the American people to our oath of office. “By our oath of office…we voluntarily agree to live our lives, even at the risk of injury or death, in honorable service to the American people”. Chapter 6 adds that, because we are professionals, our readiness is sustained over the long-term. Because we are professionals, we remain ready, on behalf of the American people, to serve.
4. Military expertise. Finally, because we are Army professionals, we are experts in our trade. Chapter 5 explains that our military expertise is essential to our role as Army professionals. Paragraph 5-8 links our expertise to the trust the American people have in us. It says that “we apply our military expertise with the autonomy granted by the American people”. Our expertise is supporting the Constitution, the American people, and our national interests. Paragraph 1-26 summarizes our expertise as “the ethical design, generation, support, and application of landpower”. Additionally, this paragraph notes that Army professionals are lifelong learners so as to continually develop their expertise.
5. Summarizing key points. In conclusion, the key points of ADRP 1 are best summarized by the following statements. It is imperative that we establish and maintain trust with the American people as Army professionals. Professionalism is our identity as servants to our country and people. Professionalism is embodied in our readiness as well as our moral and ethical principles. Our professionalism is directly linked to our oath of office. As Army professionals, we are experts and lifelong learners in our trade. We apply our expertise only through the trust that the American people have in us as professionals.
Prepared by: CH (CPT) Justin DuBose
Approved by: MAJ Virginia Emery
NG, LR, NCU, USAR
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