Ethics in the Military: A Review of Junior Officer Education and Training Programs
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This MBA Projects purpose was to determine what ethics education is currently offered in the U.S. Navy and other services at the junior officer level. Its goal was to provide an informed foundation of current military best practices in ethics education that will help inform leadership about existing ethics programs, or program elements, that have credibility and show effectiveness. This data collection, analysis, and evaluation process will serve as the platform for establishing informed recommendations to create a future Supply Corps ethics education program. Action Research methodology was undertaken for data collection and evaluation. Interviews were conducted with 21 educators at 13 officer accession and training programs, including academies and war colleges. Analysis of each institutions ethics education program was conducted and findings were collaboratively reviewed to produce a list of recommended best practices. The researchers concluded that an effective ethics program should contain, at a minimum, the following elements precise, measurable learning objectives relevant case studies exposure to classical theory honor codes a requirement of active student participation meaningful grading direct involvement of senior leadership in the classroom and program effectiveness measurements to evaluate the programs value and adjust its elements as necessary.
- Sociology and Law
- Humanities and History
- Military Forces and Organizations