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Administrative Boards and Ethics

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[Technical Report, Research Paper]

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At some point in their military careers, most officers and senior noncommissioned officers NCOs are tasked to evaluate a Soldiers military performance record and make critical recommendations or decisions that will advance, impair or possibly end the military career of a Soldier that they may have never even had the opportunity to meet. Generally, after these senior leaders are provided minimum guidance, left with wide parameters in which to work or none at all and limited administrative documents to review, they are expected to render their opinions andor judgments that are long reaching and permanent. In many cases, these are divided decisions, far from unanimous and the results regularly considered questionable. Each individual board member who may or may not be familiar with other members of the board comes into the proceedings with their own personal military and life experiences. Their individual experiences have led each to the formation of their own individual value systems that they will inevitability be applying to the Soldiers they are evaluating. The introduction of multiple value systems, more often than not, will result in multiple standards for evaluating and grading the performance and careers of Soldiers. Each board member usually arrives with the understanding that their standards, while in compliance with Army regulation, may be different from other members. Naturally, they will be convinced that their standards are what are best for the board, the Soldiers they are evaluating and the Army. It is highly probable that they will attempt to impose their view or will on the other board members. This can and does sometimes create an ethical dilemma for each member. They all may have an internal debate within themselves questioning whether they should follow their understanding of the minimum standard or apply their own personal standard, which in essence is creating their own agenda.

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  • Sociology and Law
  • Personnel Management and Labor Relations
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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