Military Review English Edition March-April 2016 - Page 119

ARMY CIVILIANS programs within the Army Civilian Corps. But, we must not confuse the inadequacy of the current civilian personnel management systems with the requirement to build a professional Army civilian. The next three aspects of professions, and the remaining characteristics of the Army Profession, can also be shown to warrant professional membership. The remaining aspects of a profession are earned trust, self-regulation through education and certification, and autonomy of action through honorable service.23 Army professionals live the Army ethic to sustain the essential characteristics of the profession now and into the future—to strengthen trust, the special faith and confidence of the American people, esprit de corps, the bond formed by mutual trust, shared understanding, and stewardship.24 Documentation To be certified as Army professionals, Army civilians must document how the aspects and essential characteristics are being met within the Civilian Corps. The documentation starts with the aspect of self-regulation. The Corps is self-regulated by its ever-evolving evaluation system, targeted required education, and professional development.25 It also includes the development of professional certification requirements, revisions to leader development certification, and creation of career program standards.26 Next, stewardship and esprit de corps are built through the consistent quality of outcomes that are possible because of Army civilians’ application of landpower expertise and the continuity associated with their stability. The resulting effect generates mutual trust. The trust afforded the Army Profession encompasses all its members. Army civilians who are committed to the profession share equally in that trust and its