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Accession Number ADA583869
Title Army Profession: A Narrative.
Publication Date May 2013
Media Count 48p
Personal Author S. P. Finnerty
Abstract In 2010, the Secretary of the Army, John M. McHugh, and the Army Chief of Staff, General George W. Casey, directed the TRADOC Commander, General Martin Dempsey, to conduct a review of the Army profession. General Dempsey's review gave rise to the Army Profession Campaign. In the literature supporting the Army Profession Campaign, Army leaders described the Army as a profession with two sub-professions: the Army Profession of Arms and the Army Civilian Corps. Defining civilians a part of the military profession is a significant departure from existing practice and raises the following question: Why did Army leaders adopt the Army Profession concept. This all-inclusive model of the Army as a profession is ahistorical and begs the following question: Why did Army leaders adopt it. A survey of key profession of arms models, sociological research on professions, and research on organizational theory and narrative theory suggests that Army leaders may have developed the Army Profession concept as a rhetorical device aimed at improving or reinforcing discipline within the Army. Organizational theorist Valerie Fournier describes a theory of professionalization in which an organization s leaders use the concept of a profession to inculcate behavioral norms within the organization. Research into the Army Profession concept supports the inference that Army leaders developed the Army Profession concept as a rhetorical device.
Keywords Army
Army civilian corps
Army personnel
Army profession
Civilian personnel
Military doctrine
Narrative theory
Organization theory
Organizational theory
Rhetorical devices

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 92B - Psychology
57T - Psychiatry
74 - Military Sciences
Corporate Author Army Command and General Staff Coll., Fort Leavenworth, KS. School of Advanced Military Studies.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Monograph.
NTIS Issue Number 1402
Contract Number N/A

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