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How Mentors Can Foster the Army’s Professional Ethics and Soldiers’ Personal Development | Article




Lt. Gen. Raymond Dingle, 45th U.S. Army Surgeon General and Commanding General of Medical Command, gives a thumbs up to Cadet Patrick Zaleski, a management information systems student at Clemson University, SC, at the end of the 2022 Leaders Professional Development Symposium held in Fort Jackson, SC The symposium placed 15 general officers with cadets from all universities in South Carolina to provide guidance and mentorship to help them become stronger future leaders.
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Army ethics exemplify the conduct of military professionals. This includes the expectation of soldiers and army civilians to act on moral principles when performing missions and duties in their daily lives.

How do soldiers respect army ethics? Guidance from a mentor helps. Mentors have the experience and desire to advise soldiers who need guidance in their careers or overcome difficult times in their personal lives.

“Throughout my life in the military, mentors kept me focused on the things I needed to do to improve myself,” said Judith Price, writer and doctrine developer at the Center for the Army Profession. and Leadership, or CAPL. “By making me a better leader, it was a domino effect because I was improving my skills to do things, I was seeing it trickle down to my lieutenants, so they were learning too.”

A trusted advisor plays an important role in shaping a soldier’s character and development.

Mentors can help at different stages of a soldier’s career; a junior soldier striving to become a non-commissioned officer until he is ready to retire to civilian life.

“We’ve had many service members who transitioned into civilian roles after retirement and they’re great mentors to (other service members) who are preparing for retirement,” said Cris Arduser, mentorship program manager. US Army Sustainment Command.

“Mentors also learn from their mentees; a mentee can be a leader without even realizing it. Part of what mentors do is help the mentee realize the leadership skills they already have and work with those skills to create their own leadership style,” Arduser said.

Mentoring works in several ways. To be a mentor, it is important to:

Listen carefully–understand what a mentee requires to provide the tools to meet those needs. Have sensitivity – to give a new perspective to a mentee so they can find different ways to solve problems.

Be teachable–willingness to learn and grow with mentees and knowing that mentoring is a two-way street.

To find a mentor: Visit ASC at https://www.aschq.army.mil which offers many mentoring programs.

CAPL at https://capl.army.mil has a variety of resources to aid in the development of Army professionals. Mentors can also be found among people you trust. Look at your branch/unit, your chaplain or even your social groups.