Moral and Ethical Issues
Just war principles.
Procedures for ethical dissent.
Ethical climate assessment survey.
Section I Ethics and the Role of Army Values
Ethics is the area of moral philosophy that seeks to establish an
enduring standard of right and wrong conduct. With such a standard,
one is able to recognize the differences between right and wrong (in a
given situation) and do the right thing.
Chaplains recognize that soldiers and leaders bring a value system
into the Army rooted in their family upbringing, culture, religion,
education, experience, and a host of other factors. Army values are
the standards for right and wrong in the U.S. Army. Actions that are
in accord with loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity,
and personal courage are right. Actions that undercut these values are
wrong. Army values include obeying the UCMJ, but require
commitment, discipline, and integrity beyond the letter of the law to
the heart of the soldier. Army values form the standard that judges all
Army actions and decisions as either right or wrong. When values the
soldier brings into the Army support enduring American values and
the Army values, encourage their development and application. When
soldiers' values are inconsistent with the Army's, guide soldiers to
reexamine and adjust their values or help them realize that they may
be discharged from the Army for not supporting the essential core of
a values based Army.
As religious leaders, chaplains recognize that Army values support
personal faith in God. The Army value of integrity means living by
one's faith. It does not mean violating one's personal moral beliefs.
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