WASHINGTON (Army News Service) — About 700,000 invites to participate in a biennial gender relations study have gone out to active duty service members across the Department of Defense via email.
Archive for July, 2016
FORT EUSTIS, Va.- Maj. Gen. Rex A. Spitler, deputy chief of staff, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, celebrated the end of more than 36 years of service to Soldiers and the nation during a retirement ceremony here July 26.
It’s been a made clear in a plethora of venues that the number one priority of Chief of Staff of the Army Gen. Mark A. Milley is readiness — a word that means much more than just Soldiers being equipped and trained for battle. Merriam-Webster defines readiness as being “prepared mentally or physically for some experience or action,” and “likely to do something indicated.” Top brass in the Army believe this includes being able to trust the person working to the left and right of those service members.
“The Army’s strength comes from the care and respect we show each other,” said Eric Fanning, secretary of the Army. “Our Army must continue to be an institution that rewards merit, while placing equal value on diversity of our ideas, experiences, and backgrounds. We will support both Soldiers and Families while they are deployed, and take care of them when they return home. This means invigorating efforts to eradicate the cancer of sexual assault and harassment, doing more to recognize the warning signs and stressors associated with suicides in our ranks, and in particular, advance our understanding of, and care for, those with mental health issues.”
The U.S. Army Combined Arms Center is doing its part of ensure the total Army is equipped with trained professionals to help reduce incidents of sexual harassment and assault, train the force about these sad realities and respond in the most effective manner to those who find themselves victims of these heinous acts.
“Trust is a key component of the Mission Command concept and readiness; sexual assault and harassment are contrary to both,” said Lt. Gen. Michael Lundy, commanding general of the U.S. Army Combined Arms Center. “As with the Center for the Army Profession and Ethics (CAPE), the SHARP Academy — here at the Combined Arms Center — integrates the Army Profession, Army Ethic and Character Development into training, professional military and civilian education, and operations.”
The U.S. Army Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) Academy — under the command of the Combined Arms Center — was created by the U.S. Army with the intent of helping these trained professionals guide new recruits and career-long personnel equally in recognizing the harm these acts can cause to readiness.
“The Army assesses 90,000 new Soldiers every year into Active Army, National Guard, and Reserves — from a broad spectrum of backgrounds, experiences, religious, ethnic, and racial environments — not all of their values and beliefs are compatible with the Army’s values,” said Col. Geoffrey Catlett, director of the SHARP Academy. “While America is a nation built on high moral values — often popular culture falls far short of our shared aspirations — it perpetuates a ‘sexist culture’ in which persons are valued by their sexual attraction and not their intrinsic value as a human being.”
The U.S. Army SHARP Academy educates, trains, and supports highly competent and effective SHARP professionals across all components of the Army; develops and implements effective training and education for all Soldiers, Department of Army Civilians and Family Members; and, functions as a leader in the Army’s efforts to build a culture of dignity and respect based on the Army Ethic.
With support of everyone in the Total Army, the U.S. Army SHARP Academy hopes to ensure the Army’s most valued asset — the American Solider — will never be sent into harm’s way with any fear that the person to their right a left is nothing less than a trusted battle buddy who’s got their back.
What is it?
Unified Challenge is the U.S. Army’s experimentation program that explores the concepts and capabilities the Army needs to meet future challenges. This campaign, led by the Army Training and Doctrine Command’s Army Capabilities Integration Center Concept Development and Learning Directorate, is a continuing effort to examine the requirements needed to build an agile and adaptive future Army of 2030. This program supports the 39th chief of staff of the Army’s second priority, the future Army.
Unified Challenge 16.2, conducted July 31 through Aug. 12, is an Army-level experiment that will look for new ways to organize and operate in the years 2025 through 2030. Commanders and staffs from across the Army, along with sister services, U.S. government and multinational partners will explore these new ways in a future realistic and complex scenario. After rigorous analysis, the results of this event will lead to recommendations for consideration by senior Army leaders.
What has the Army done?
The Army established Force 2025 Maneuvers, a comprehensive approach to develop the future Army that incorporates multiple learning events such as Unified Quest, How the Army Fights, Network Integration Evaluation, Army Warfighting Assessment and Unified Challenge. At the end of each learning event, concept developers, assisted by analysts, update concepts to inform the next event.
Force 2025 Maneuvers uses important insights from major Army exercises and lessons learned from past and ongoing operations to help build the future Army.
What continued efforts are planned for the future?
ARCIC briefs the Army chief of staff at the conclusion of the 2016 Campaign of Learning on the results of experimentation. In 2017, Unified Challenge will continue exploring future concepts and capabilities with two more experiments, UC 17.1 and UC 17.2. These events will further build on the initial results learned in 2016, with the multiyear campaign concluding in 2018.
Why is this important to the Army?
The UC 16.2 game-based experiment allows the Army to:
- Think clearly about future armed conflict and develop a sound conceptual foundation for Army modernization.
- Learn about future armed conflict in a focused, sustained and collaborative manner to identify capability gaps and opportunities to achieve overmatch.
- Analyze results to prioritize solutions to ensure that the Army has the capability and capacity to accomplish future missions.
- Implement solutions to increase the rate of innovation and maintain the Army’s differential advantage over capable and determined enemies.
- U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command
- Army Capabilities Integration Center
- Unified Challenge: 16.1 and 16.2
- Army Warfighting Challenges
“Fireball, Fireball,” is the call heard hundreds of times daily by 11th Air Defense Artillery Brigade’s Patriot missile crews at the Fires Center of Excellence Capabilities Development and Integration-Cell here.