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Article – PME Investigation 4: ‘Professional Development – What’s in it for Me?’

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HQ FORCOMD is continuing with the work required to re-energise Professional Military Education (or ‘PME’) in response to the Australian Army’s 2016 Ryan Review. In particular, the PME Cell is working hard to develop a future strategy for PME in Army.

In order for this strategy to be done right, the PME Cell needs your views.  So, they are publishing a series of ‘PME Investigation Papers’.  Their research team are diving deep into facets of the profession of arms, casting a wide net for influences and opinions that will better prepare Army for the future.

Following on from ‘The Development of Professionals’‘National Styles of Professional Military Education’ and ‘Does Army Need Better Educated Soldiers?’ The Cove is proud to present ‘PD – What’s in it for Me?’.

In this article, Claire Von Wald discusses the importance of individual ‘buy-in’ to the professional development (PD) process, and provides a brief insight into the complex world of motivation theory. She identifies a range of options for motivating soldiers and officers to ‘buy-in’ to PD, and makes some suggestions for Army’s next steps on this journey.

Do you agree that individual investment in PD needs to increase? What about organisational investment? What ideas do you have for enhancing the professionalism of our people?

The PME Strategy will have implications across Army, so we would also love to hear what else you think we should investigate. We have an unrivalled, connected capacity to ‘crowdsource’ the future … so use your voice and hit ‘contribute’.

One thought on “Article – PME Investigation 4: ‘Professional Development – What’s in it for Me?’

  1. Thanks Claire really thought provoking piece.

    For my 2 cents I don’t think it’s unreasonable to specifically include a section in PAR’s that relates to professional development. For SSO’s requiring technical assessment this is already the case in Part 5 of the PAR, where they are both ranked on their performance in this metric and a word picture to demonstrate commitment is included. The reasons that SSO’s are expected to maintain technical professional development are no different to the need for PME, the evidence supporting best practice is constantly changing, so to maintain the edge and ensure you are providing the best care, or fighting the best fight, we all need to be on the pulse WRT these developments and have the intellectual capacity to use knowledge and experience to deal with novel problems.


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