The Army's Professional Military Ethic in an Era of Persistent Conflict

The Army's Professional Military Ethic in an Era of Persistent Conflict

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qThis essay offers a proposal for the missing constructs and language with which we can more precisely think about and examine the Army's Professional Military Ethic, starting with its macro context which is the profession's culture. We examine three major long-term influences on that culture and its core ethos, thus describing how they evolve over time. We contend that in the present era of persistent conflict, we are witnessing dynamic changes within these three influences. In order to analyze these changes, we introduce a more detailed framework which divides the Ethic into its legal and moral components, then divide each of these into their institutional and individual manifestations. Turning from description to analysis, we also examine to what extent, if any, recent doctrinal adaptations by the Army (FM 3-0, 3-24, and 6-22, etc.) indicate true evolution in the essential nature of the profession's Ethic. Then, we present what we believe to be the most significant ethical challenge facing the Army profession -- the moral development of Army leaders, moving them from 'values to virtues' in order that they, as Army professionals, can consistently achieve the high quality of moral character necessary to apply effectively and, in a trustworthy manner, their renowned military-technical competencies.q--P. xsystem, civil-military relations, the role of military professions, and the development of commissioned officers. ... His recent book publications, both co- edited with Lloyd J. Matthews, are The Future of the Army Profession, 2d Edition, (2005), ... PAUL OH, a U.S. Army major, is currently an instructor in the Department of Social Sciences at the U.S. Military Academy. ... the U.S. Military Academy and a Master of Public Affairs degree from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University.

Title:The Army's Professional Military Ethic in an Era of Persistent Conflict
Author: Don M. Snider, Paul Oh, Kevin Toner
Publisher:Strategic Studies Institute - 2009-01-01

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