During a prolonged time of war, our Army professionals—our men and women in uniform and their civilian counterparts—performed magnificently well. In the face of continuous deployment to two distant wars, they achieved unprecedented success. When conducting homeland defense and disaster response, our Army professionals overcame every challenge with courage, ingenuity, and steadfast determination. That is why I am exceptionally proud of them and their Families.
However, to shape the Army of 2020, we have to understand the Army Profession today. After a decade of war, we must take stock of our profession, examining our strengths and weaknesses so that we can prepare our Army for future uncertainties. Therefore, in October 2010, the Secretary of the Army directed TRADOC to lead an Armywide assessment of the state of the Army Profession. This unprecedented holistic review provides us an introspective opportunity for both Soldiers and civilians to shape the Army of 2020.