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Military Ethics and Leadership At Lower Levels

This paper tells that in recent years, the U.S military has been involved in wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and in this current age of technology and media, the civilians back home have begun to get a sense of what happens on the frontline. However, sometimes this means that the dark side of the military is exposed, in particular, the Abu Ghraib scandal in Iraq, which can damage the reputation of the armed forces. Whilst many might believe that ‘Military ethics’ is a sort of an oxymoron, because of the amount of violence that is involved in the job, an organization like the army certainly needs a sense of morality otherwise the consequences can be disastrous. In this essay, I will examine the kind of values that are installed by the military into the troops and how some of these values can raise a conflict of interest. The breakdown of ethics in recent wars by the U.S military will be analyzed and the unethical actions of higher and lower ranking officers will be looked at and discussed. At this point, I will briefly talk about the ethics of torture because of the recent controversies and infamy of the subject. Another topic covered in this paper is nonjudicial punishment within the armed force’s ranks and the advantages and disadvantages of such a process along with the effect it may have on morale. Evaluation of these subjects lead me to my final and concluding paragraph where I state my belief that the lack of ethics in the army can possibly be resolved by teaching officers, particularly junior officers, about the importance of ethics and how these changes may come about. Firstly, I will define the values that each soldier should have according to the U.S military, these are Loyalty, Respect, Duty, Selfless service, Honor, Integrity, Personal courage (LRDSHIP).