Accession Number : ADA255150


Title :   Ethical Decision Making on the Battlefield: An Analysis of Training for U.S. Army Special Forces


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 5 Aug 1991-5 Jun 1992


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS


Personal Author(s) : Dillon, Peter J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a255150.pdf


Report Date : 05 Jun 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 119


Abstract : The central question this study is whether the U.S. Army provides adequate training for Special Forces soldiers to make ethical decisions on the battlefield. The value of this study is that it may have an impact on future Special Forces training. This thesis provides observations outlining the particular needs of Special Forces soldiers with traditional ethical decision-making training conducted by the U.S. Army The conclusion of this research suggests that the level of ethical decision-making skills of Special Forces soldiers is adequate. Yet, this study offers two recommendations. The most important is the need for continued study in the field of ethical decision making. The second is to examine the ethical decision making for command and control elements, the unit leaders, of Special Forces Organizations. The goal of battlefield ethics is unsupervised predictability of soldier conduct. An interest ing observation from the research is that the ethical decision training must include dilemma resolution. The SF soldier must be prepared to resolve the emotional response of ethical decision making. In this way Special Forces soldiers are better prepared to operate on the battlefield. Ethical decision making, values, morals, leadership, laws of war, Special Operations Forces, Special Forces, ethical dilemma, Training techniques, Professional Military Ethic, Soldier Values.


Descriptors :   *DECISION MAKING , *ETHICS , *BATTLEFIELDS , *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS , *ARMY PERSONNEL , *TRAINING , *SPECIAL FORCES , RESPONSE , OPERATION , ARMY , THESES , RESOLUTION , OBSERVATION , SKILLS , IMPACT , LEADERSHIP , CONTROL , ORGANIZATIONS


Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Sociology and Law
      Military Forces and Organizations
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE