PME Resources

Professional Development - What's in it for Me?

By Claire Von Wald August 3, 2020

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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'.



Claire Von Wald

Claire Von Wald is a researcher who served for 27 years in the Australian Army. She is currently working towards a doctorate in Public Leadership at the University of New South Wales. 

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Australian Army, the Department of Defence or the Australian Government.

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