Ethical Issues In The Military

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Ethical Issue Facing the Army The purpose of this paper is to briefly and identify an ethical issue facing the Army, identify the root cause and discuss its impact on the force. This research will address the ethical issue using the ethical lenses of rules, values, and outcomes, and will recommend a solution to correct the root cause. The ethical issue identify throughout the research is the abuse of power or position which leads to other underline issues affecting good order and discipline in the organization. Identifying the Root Causes The hardest part during ethical issue is identifying the causes as they will lead to other personnel not enforcing the standars and identify those who are not stweards of the profession. Two retired…show more content…
The observations of this violations occur from the lowest to the highest levels regardless of rank. With the ever-changing operational environment, lots of positions in the Army are being fill by Soldiers with a rank below the requirement. Most Soldiers will look forward to serve in a position above their pay grade, and most of the time the person selecting them have confidence they are going to accomplish the mission. With the lack of experience, lack of time in service and grade, Soldiers can use tools like The High Ground – Facilitator Guide, the leadership requirements model, and others. The primary cause of abuse of power is inexperience and lack of respect for others as a person, and the lack of enforcing standards at all levels. Too many leaders today have forgotten where they came from, we were all privates at one time in our careers. The military is not a democracy, but has a regimented structure. We all must follow orders, but when those orders are considered morally questionable and unethical, this becomes problematic throughout the entire…show more content…
Trust which is “assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something in which confidence is place” (Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary, 1828). Confidence which is “faith or belief that one will act in a right, proper, or effective way” (Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary, 1828). When abuse of power is present in a organizations, Soldiers loose trust on their leaders as they will not be doing things for the better but just because he or she said so. At the same time Soldiers have to be able to understand the difference and cannot go by their assumptions. Trust is one of the easiest attribute to loose and the hardest to get back. “Army leaders recognize that organizations, built on mutual trust and confidence, successfully accomplish missions” (Department of the Army, 2012, p. v). As stated in Army Doctrine Reference Publication (ADRP) 6-22, having trust and confidence in each other is necessary for mission accomplishment, which can be hard when there is a presence of abuse of power. Leaders must be aware of the atmosphere they are creating and should take care of all issues equally. The Army have different creeds and oaths, and all of them are about ensuring we take care of Soldiers. Abuse of power can lead to many other issues within the organization to include Soldiers leaving the service. Must of the time Soldiers look at news articles where senior leaders are being relieve of

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