"The U.S. Army builds leaders for our Nation. Developing leaders is a competitive advantage the Army possesses that cannot be replaced by technology or substituted for with advanced weaponry and platforms. If we do not develop leaders well we cannot build quality units, design cogent campaigns, or execute effective operations in theater. While the past 12 years of combat have honed the skills of both our troops and our leaders, we must sustain and improve upon the Army's proven advantage in leadership as we complete combat operations in Afghanistan and re-orient the force to the expanding set of global challenges. Leader development is fundamental to our Army--especially to an Army of preparation. We are currently out of balance given the emphasis we have had to place on warfighting. This strategy will help the Army re-balance the three crucial leader development components of training, education, and experience. This Army Leader Development Strategy (ALDS) provides vision and guidance on ends, ways, and means for developing leaders of all cohorts that exercise Mission Command while planning, preparing, executing, and assessing Unified Land Operations to meet the challenges of the 21st Century. Leaders must understand the strategic environment, be able to think critically and creatively, visualize solutions, and describe and communicate crucial information to achieve shared understanding, collaborate, and build teams. Leader development is the deliberate, continuous, and progressive process--founded in Army values--that grows Soldiers and Army Civilian s into competent, committed professional leaders of character. Leader development is achieved through the career - long synthesis of the training, education, and experiences acquired through opportunities in the institutional, operational, and self-development domains, supported by peer and developmental relationships. All of these take place in and are influenced by the society the Army is sworn to defend under the Constitution. Our strategy must be all encompassing and begin with pre-commissioning at USMA [United States Military Academy], ROTC [Reserve Officers' Training Corps], and OCS [Officer Candidate School] for officers and continue all the way through the general officer ranks. A similar process will be reinforced on the enlisted side, from initial entry training through the Sergeants Major Academy. Likewise, leader development feature s prominently in the programs for Department of the Army Civilians."
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