Ethics in the military: a review of junior officer education and training programs
Haren, Paul J., III
Ingram, James P.
Weber, Leroy H.
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This MBA Project's 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 which will help inform leadership about existing ethics programs, or program elements, which 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 twenty-one educators at thirteen officer accession and training programs including academies and war colleges. Analysis of each institution's ethics education program was conducted and findings were collaboratively reviewed in order 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, require active student participation, provide meaningful grading, ensure the direct involvement of senior leadership in the classroom, and develop program effectiveness measurements in order evaluate the program's value and adjust its elements as necessary.
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