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The Ethical Dilemma on Regionalism in the Papua New Guinea Defense Force

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[Technical Report, Research Paper]

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In Papua New Guinea the majority of people lived in their tribal or ethnic community mainly villages either along the coastline or in the highland region. Recruitment takes effect almost every year for young male from the four regions throughout the country to join the PNG Defence Force. As these young people converse in to the organization, they bring with them their cultural heritage known as regionalism that had a diverse effect on disciple within the PNG Defence Force. Regionalism is base on a system known in Papua New Guinea as a Wantok system. An example of a Wantok system is if you do grate to me, I will do you good. On the other hand is a negative situation. It is like a payback system. This system is a behavioral culture, inherited during childhood through parents, tribes and the society for which they are part off. People rely on each other and extended families to survive during peace and hostile situation. Although soldiers meet the education requirement and the criteria to be in the PNG Defence Force, excessive application of regionalism is crippling discipline in the PNG Defence Force. So now, as leaders how can we effectively erode this ethical behavior within the PNG Defence Force.

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  • Sociology and Law
  • Military Forces and Organizations

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