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A Code of Ethics for Army Civilians - The Time is Now.
ARMY WAR COLL CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Changing missions, downsizing, reorganizations, base closures, and a vision of different roles augur a new perspective on the current and future responsibilities of Army civilians. Deploying to assist in Operations Other Than War, participating in support functions on tomorrows non-linear battlefields and teaming with employees from non-governmental organizations as well as private contractors will be only part of the challenge. Flatter organizations, increased individual decision making, departure from traditional hierarchical structures and new work flexibilities will require a determination to adhere to the highest right. Army civilians are the only service component employees currently evaluated on key institutional values on their annual appraisals. Commensurate with the recent issuance of seven core Army values, appraisal forms will be modified. The time is ripe to adopt a Code of Ethics for Army Civilians. It should not be a bureaucratic document embedded in law. Sufficient Federal regulations and statutes already exist. Rather, it should be an evolutionary credo, challenging all Army civilians to discuss, dialog and recognize the necessity for making the right choices.
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