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THE ARMY PROFESSION

Our Nation's founders created a republic in which citizens of character work together to establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty. As a result of their vision, decisions, and actions our Nation is a model of freedom and democracy throughout the world.

Protection of our way of life requires constant vigilance. Each generation inherits not only the rights and privileges of being an American, but also the responsibility to defend the Constitution, against all enemies, foreign and domestic. Since 1775, our Army's vital, enduring role has been to fight and win our Nation's wars. By design, our Army has a dual nature. It is both a military department of government and a military profession. Both are essential to accomplish the mission. However, it is the Army Profession that forges the special bond of Trust and confidence with the American people.

The Army Profession is defined by its essential characteristics: Trust, Honorable Service, Military Expertise, Stewardship, and Esprit de Corps. The members of the Army Profession, Soldiers and Army Civilians, create and strengthen the Army culture of Trust. We pursue a noble calling and contribute Honorable Service as a partner within the joint community and other government services that dedicate themselves to defending the Nation. At the same time, we are citizens whose Character, Competence, and Commitment exemplify the ideals espoused by the Army Ethic. In living by and upholding the Army Ethic, we are Trusted Army Professionals.