Center for the Army Profession and Ethic

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To reinforce the Army profession and its Ethic, the Army Chief of Staff (CSA) established the Army Center of Excellence for the Professional Military Ethic (ACPME) in May 2008. Located at West Point, New York, the wellspring of professional soldier values for more than 200 years, the ACPME was re-designated as the Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE) and realigned to fall under the command and control of the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) and its Combined Arms Center (CAC) in August 2010. CAPE’s objectives are to assess, study, and refine the Profession of Arms, the Army Ethic and culture; increase Army members’ understanding and internalization of what it means for the Army to be a Profession of Arms and to be a Professional; accelerate professional and character development in individuals, units, and Army culture through training, education, and leader development; and lead Doctrine, Organization, Training, Materiel, Leadership and Education, Personnel and Facilities (DOTMLPF) initiatives to reinforce the Profession of Arms, Army Ethic, and culture. In order to leverage the vast intellectual capital at the United States Military Academy (USMA), the CAPE offices remain at West Point[1]

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CAPE Mission Statement[edit]

CAPE, on behalf of CG, CAC, serves as the proponent for the Army Profession, the Army Ethic and Character Development of Army Professionals to reinforce Trust within the profession and with the American people.


To reinforce Trust within the profession and with the American people: the foundation for successful accomplishment of the Army Mission, consistent with the Army Ethic.

Key Tasks[edit]

• Support Army wide efforts (Army Campaign Plan, TRADOC Strategic Plan, Ready and Resilient Campaign Plan and Human Dimension TF)

• Create and integrate Army Profession, Army Ethic and Character Development doctrine and concepts into training, leadership development, Professional Military Education, and the Civilian Education System

• Promulgate the Army Ethic

• Develop the Army Character Development concept, strategy, and doctrine

• Assess effectiveness of Army Profession efforts

History of the CAPE[edit]

  • 14 June 2013 - ADRP 1 - The Army Profession is released.
  • 2 January 2013 - America's Army - Our Profession Education and Training Program begins.
  • 2 April 2012 - The Army Profession Campaign CY11 Annual Report is released.
  • September 2011 - Army-Wide campaign renamed the Army Profession Campaign.
  • Jan 2011 - Army-Wide Profession of Arms Campaign launched.
  • October 2010 -Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army signed a Terms of Reference for the Review of the Army Profession in an Era of Persistent Conflict.
  • July 2010 - Commanding General(CG) TRADOC and CG Combined Arms Center rename the ACPME to "Center for the Army Profession and Ethic (CAPE)" to reflect its expanded Army-wide proponency requirements, and further task organizes CAPE under CAC Leader Development and Education (LD&E)
  • May 2010 -The CSA decides to reassign the ACPME from USMA to CAC, and CG TRADOC expands the ACPME proponency mission from the "professional military ethic" to encompass the entire "Army Profession and Ethic"
  • March 2010 - CG TRADOC and CSA approve the Army leader development integrated priority list for Program Objective Memorandum (POM) 12-17; ACPME is #7 of 48 Army leader development initiatives with $4.5M approved per year for POM12-17 (increase from $2.5M to $4.5M was based on the expanded responsibilities assigned to the ACPME In accordance with Department of the Army(IAW DA)-wide proponency)
  • January 2010 -DA G3/5/7 (Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations, Plans and Training) approved an ACPME concept plan for 2 military and 19 civilian personnel requirements
  • May 2009 - CG TRADOC and CSA approved the Army leader development integrated priority list for POM 10-15; ACPME is #4 of 52 Army leader development initiatives with $2.5M approved per year for POM10-15
  • March 2009 -The Army formally assigns Superintendent, USMA and the ACPME as the Army force modernization proponent for the professional military ethic and character development as reflected in Army Regulation(AR) 5-22 (Aug 09)
  • May 2008 -The CSA decides to stand up a separate Army Center at USMA. USMA provides Borrowed Military Manning(BMM), and the Army resources limited civilian billets
  • April 2007 -CSA assigned USMA as "Army Center of Excellence for the Professional Military Ethic." USMA delegated the mission to the existing Simon Center for the Professional Military Ethic (SCPME) under the USMA Commandant of Cadets; SCPME took on additional duties with no additional resources

CAPE Products[edit]

The Center for the Army Profession and Ethic offers many products to help develop Army Professionals. Products include: Videos, Case Studies, Lesson Plans, Training Support Packages, Virtual Simulators, Games, Posters, and more.

Virtual Simulators[edit]

The Company We Keep[edit]

The Company We Keep is an interactive video simulation for Company Commanders and First Sergeants. It focuses on the responsibility of the Company Command Team (CCT) members to serve as Stewards for the Profession of Arms by communicating, working as a team, counseling/mentoring within the garrison environment, and inspiring commitment to the Army Profession through daily tasks. The interactive simulation demonstrates how excellence and leadership should be modeled in the areas of training development, property accountability, materiel readiness, and personnel readiness.[2]

Highly Specialized, Highly Committed[edit]

Highly Specialized, Highly Committed is a virtual simulation training product that focuses on Army Profession and Ethic concepts and how they relate to the leader/professional development of Soldiers as they transition into the Warrant Officer cohort.[3]

A Special Trust[edit]

Stewards of the Profession: A Special Trust focuses on the Army Profession and Ethic, along with civil-military relations. The concepts of the profession are applied to Command Climate and Leader Development issues.[4]

Backbone of the Army[edit]

Backbone of the Army prepares you for life in deployed situations and at home station, working through events and dilemmas that will challenge your ideas of what it means to be a leader and a steward of the U.S. Army Profession.[5]

The Future is Now[edit]

In The Future is Now you'll experience small private college or large state university life as a first- and second-year cadet. Through multiple playable characters you'll face many college lifestyle situations, which often conflict with the cultural and ethical norms of life as an Army Officer.[6]

True Faith and Allegiance[edit]

Released in 2011, True Faith & Allegiance follows the progress of J.T. Taylor from high school to new Soldier. This program gives new Army trainees the opportunity to understand and apply the Army Values to everyday decisions and see how these seemingly small events can have long-lasting repercussions. Ethical decision-making is a skill that improves with practice. True Faith & Allegiance will give you that practice and confidence in your ability to make ethical decisions when times are tough.[7]

The High Ground[edit]

The High Ground provides real-time, ethical decision choices with appropriate outcomes, verbal feedback and AAR summary designed not only to provide Soldiers with an entertaining, thoughtful experience that stimulates ethical reasoning, but also allows data capture to support ethics research.[8]

Moral Combat[edit]

The ethics version of the Army game Moral Combat will provide Soldiers with a fun, entertaining experience, further ethical awareness, and intends to stimulate and evolve the moral working self as well as provide a data capture mechanism to support ethics research and moral character development.[9]

See also[edit]

  1. United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC)
  2. Combined Arms Center (CAC)
  3. United States Army
  4. West Point, New York



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