From the thesis abstract: "How are mid-career U.S. military professionals postured ethically to think about non-combatants given pervasive ethical heterogeneity? The literature on professional military ethics education (PMEE) fails to suitably address this question. It encompasses a number of contrasting ways to teach ethics, but they each presuppose an ethical start point, which is unknown, and really, neglected. These shortcomings become evident with respect to an individual officer's ethically constitutive beliefs, their military's professional ethics, the world's heterogeneity, and the obligations they have toward non-combatants. I conduct a two-part methodology. I first survey mid-career military professionals on their attitudes towards non-combatants. This survey will serve as the backdrop for my theorization of the nexus, implicit but inadequately developed in existing PMEE conceptions."
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