Accession Number : ADA398330


Title :   Moral and Ethical Relativism and the US Armed Forces A Course for Effectiveness


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLL MAXWELL AFB AL


Personal Author(s) : Di Domenico, Stephen G


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a398330.pdf


Report Date : Apr 1998


Pagination or Media Count : 67


Abstract : There are principles that are immutable and transcendent, and if followed will produce effectiveness. These principles are unchanging because they are derived from an immutable source. Our country and military was founded upon these principles. In our post-modern culture, however, these principles and values have come under increasing attack. The State has entrusted the profession of arms with the power of the sword; a unique responsibility. Any abdication on traditional institutional ethics because of changing societal mores can only mean that the military created to defend society can no longer do so effectively because it has become itself corrupt. The author researched statistics pertaining to our society and the military's moral condition. Literature searches were conducted on professional and personal ethics, military ethics and relativism. Finally, the author drew extensively from experts in the emtyology of absolutes and the history of our republic. Chapter one chronicles our society's and military's moral decline. Chapter two investigates how the present ethical and moral slide occurred. Chapter three examines how social reformers have sought to change society through mandatory military policy changes. Chapter four explores our society's foundational underpinnings. Chapter five concludes with a call to personal integrity.


Descriptors :   *MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , *ETHICS , WARFARE , POLICIES , MODIFICATION , THESES , MILITARY PLANNING , WOMEN


Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE