Coalition Partner's Perspective on Moral Development   [open pdf - 150KB]

"In response to [certain] incidents, the Norwegian Army launched an intensive campaign to improve on ethical standards through reflection and exercises. Not because of the comment in itself; the comment could arguably reflect the occasionally brutal humor of military culture or just a relief of survival. More so, these incidents served as a reminder of the brutal nature of war and created an urgency to examine more in depth what soldiers experience in Afghanistan and how to prepare for the battlefield's many ethical dilemmas. Just as we train soldiers to make good decisions in combat, so we must train them to make good decisions when confronted with moral and ethical dilemmas. This task may prove harder than it sounds. According to James Toner, Professor emeritus of international relations and military ethics at the U.S. Air War College: 'There is no one book, no one school, teacher or training regimen that can ensure that our armed services will recruit or train only morally and mentally sound people. However, this does not relieve the profession of arms from its paramount responsibility to promote the proper formation of conscience among its troops.' In light of Toner's argument, this paper focuses on the Norwegian Army's efforts to improve ethical understanding amongst soldiers and leaders as a supplement to the discussion on how to commit to moral development."

Stig Santiago Bjoernaes
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Fort Leavenworth Ethics Symposium: http://www.leavenworthethicssymposium.org/
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Fort Leavenworth Ethics Symposium. Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. 2012.
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