Accession Number:

ADA220577

Title:

Ethics: Can Public Land Management Agencies Learn from the Military

Descriptive Note:

Study project,

Corporate Author:

ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-03-07

Pagination or Media Count:

62.0

Abstract:

Professional ethics has long been considered a foundation for the leadership of the U.S. armed forces and receives considerable emphasis in the militarys leadership development programs. Current trends indicate an apparent erosion of the ethical fiber of the U.S., making the militarys emphasis on the subject of professional ethics timely and highly appropriate. In contrast, the three largest Federal public land management agencies, the U.S. Department of Interiors National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management, and the U.S. Department of Agricultures Forest Service, do not include an ethics component in any of their national leadership development programs. This study explores national trends with respect to professional ethics, the militarys approach to developing an ethical foundation in their leaders and the approach of the public land management agencies. In addition, the two professions, the military professional and the professional public land manager, are compared in terms of the ethical dilemmas that each must face. These starkly different professions surprisingly face very similar ethical issues in the conduct of their duties. Conclusions suggest that public land managers, and their respective agencies, could benefit from an increased emphasis on the subject of professional ethics. sdw

Subject Categories:

  • Sociology and Law
  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE