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To Transform or Nor to Transform: Ethic Dilemmas About Transformation Polish Army Into Professional

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United States Army Sergeant Major Academy Fort Bliss United States

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26 September 2006 The President of Poland signed a decision about the transformation Polish Army. This is a very controversial decision because it means the end of a long tradition of compulsory service in my country. Todays structure of the Polish Army is 60 percent of professional soldiers and 40 percent drafted. Every man in Poland healthy enough is responsible to give his country 9 month of his life. During this time, soldiers go thru basic training. After this time, he is responsible for attending two-weeks of training every year and be prepare to protect our country on every call. I truly believe that the country is for its citizens, not the inverse. For its service country is paid by taxes. The country has a right, in extraordinary situations, like war, to demand from its citizens more than usual, including sacrificing theirs life. Modem conflict is asymmetric it means no front line, quick movement, and frequent changes of situation. The best example of conflict conducted by compulsory service is Israel versus Palestine. The best example of conflict conducted by fully professional army is USA versus Taliban Al Qaeda. They are both not exactly successful. I will try to point out the ethical dilemma connected with using compulsory and professional service.

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  • Military Forces and Organizations

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