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2-2 What it means to be a Soldier


The Army is an honorable Profession founded on a bedrock of Trust—trust between Soldiers; trust between Soldiers and leaders; trust between Soldiers and Army Civilians; trust between Soldiers, their Families, and the Army; and trust between the Army and the American people.

To sustain this Trust, the Army Profession is committed to an ethos of Honorable Service built on core, moral beliefs that are expressed in our Army Values; our Soldier, and noncommissioned officers (NCO) creeds; and the Warrior Ethos. These beliefs guide our decisions and actions as we perform our duties and continuously develop in Character, Competence, and Commitment.


2-3. How We Conduct Ourselves


Army Professionals are responsible for developing and maintaining moral character and competence, on and off duty, while following their commitment to work that is more than a job; it is a calling to serve in the defense of the Nation. Army Professionals develop through education, training, and experience, and adhere to the highest ethical standards. As stewards of this honorable profession, all Army Professionals must conduct themselves and hold each other accountable in a manner consistent with the Army Ethic and worthy of their professional status.
Army Professionals treat each other with dignity and respect; treating others as they should be treated. They build Trust within the Profession and with the Nation through Honorable Service. Trust is belief and confidence in the, Character, Competence, and Commitment of Army Professionals to ethically and efficiently accomplish the mission.

All members of the Army Profession are our comrades. Acts of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and hazing are corrosive to our culture, breaking the bonds of trust that are essential to our Profession. These acts destroy morale and diminish the overall effectiveness of our formations.



2-4. Who We Are Not


Army Professionals do not engage in or tolerate acts of misconduct or unethical decisions. Actions such as sexual harassment, sexual assault, and hazing are dishonorable and contrary to the Army Values and the Army’s Professional Ethos and destroy Esprit de Corps. One incident is one too many.

Sexual Harassment is a form of gender discrimination that involves unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature.

Sexual Assault is a crime. Sexual assault is defined as intentional sexual contact, characterized by use of force, threats, intimidation or abuse of authority, or when the victim does not or cannot consent. Sexual assault includes rape, forcible sodomy and other unwanted sexual contact that is aggravated, abusive, or wrongful or attempts to commit these acts. This includes touching of the breasts, buttocks, genitalia or any other part of the body to satisfy sexual desires. During training, there is no such thing as consensual relationships. So keep your hands to yourself!

Hazing is defined as any conduct whereby one military member or employee, regardless of Service or rank, unnecessarily causes another military member or employee, regardless of Service or rank, to suffer or be exposed to an activity that is cruel, abusive, or harmful.


2-5. The Army’s Commitment to You


Our commitment to you is to help guide you on this journey in becoming an Army Professional.
We are committed to providing you with a safe and secure environment where everyone can live, train, and learn, and in turn, helping you to become Soldiers of…


  • Character: Soldiers who understand the Army culture and demonstrate through decisions and actions the Army Values and Warrior Ethic.




  • Competence: Soldiers who demonstrate the ability to perform basic combat skills and who demonstrate entry-level proficiency in their designated occupational specialty.




  • Commitment: Soldiers who understand the calling to service and sacrifice, who perform their duties successfully with discipline and to standard, and who successfully and ethically accomplish the mission despite adversity, obstacles, and challenges.

In turn, you join the ranks of generations of citizen-soldiers who previously answered the call to defend America's freedoms; you join a band of brothers and sisters who are prepared to served this Nation in peace and in war; and you join an institution and a profession dedicated to upholding the values and ideals of our Country and its people that we represent.

Our desired outcome as you complete your initial certification process is to provide the Army with a Soldier (you)…


  • Who has a shared professional identity with others who honorably and selflessly serve in the Profession of Arms







  • Who is physically ready to execute required Warfighter and occupational specialty skills




  • And who is able to serve as a trusted member of a team in their First Unit of Assignment.

2-6. The Journey Begins


When you took the Oath of Enlistment, you became a member of the Army Profession, albeit an aspiring professional or apprentice.

The task at hand is to develop and certify you in the Army Profession of character, commitment, and competence. The responsibility for each individual’s development and certification is a mutual one, a trusted bond, shared between you and the Army.

The first certification in becoming an Army Professional is the most critical one. This involves providing you with the knowledge and skills to serve as a practicing professional in your first unit of assignment.

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