Professional Ethics and Personal Morality in the Military

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Professional Ethics and Personal Morality in the Military

Time: October 28, 2013 to October 31, 2013
Location: Lewis and Clark Center
City/Town: Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Phone: 913-684-3270
Event Type: conference, call for papers
Organized By: The United States Army Command and General Staff College, Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and the CGSC Foundation, Inc.
Latest Activity: Mar 19, 2013

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Military warfare requires deliberate moral reflection. In the midst of an increasingly pluralistic and diverse society, military personnel face the challenge of integrating their personal morality and professional ethical obligations in completing their missions. Where are the tensions and conflicts?  How might those be resolved? What happens when there is no resolution?

Issues for consideration include, but are not limited to, conscientious objection to military service, integration of openly homosexual soldiers, integration of women in to combat units, as well as the relation of the professional military ethic to the ethical diversity of the society we serve.

Proposed Program: With this in mind we are issuing a call for papers for the conference. The week’s program will cover broad areas with emphasis on the moral dilemma of personal morality conflicting with professional responsibilities. This topic will be approached broadly from many different areas.

The symposium will include guest speakers and the presentation of select papers, as well as question and answer and discussion sessions. The authors of the selected papers will be invited to participate on the panels.

Additionally, the symposium will feature a reception on arrival day and a dinner with keynote speaker during the week. Send initial abstracts/papers to consider, but not limited to, these topic areas:

--Should women serve in Infantry, Special Operations, and other combat branches?  What are the implications of such a change?

--Future of military ethics education in a morally diverse environment.

--How closely should the military reflect social mores?  How should the military relate to a society whose mores diverge significantly from the ethic of the Profession of Arms?

--Dissent and the Military. How should Soldiers express their moral dissent with public policy?

--Social Costs of Isolated Military Service: the < 1%

--Impact of the developing concept of Professional Military Ethic on the Future Force.

--Are there ethical costs to constrained resources?

--Ethical lessons learned after 10 years of war.

--How to end a war on terror?  

--Moral obligations (Society, Government) to the Soldier after the war. 

--What do we owe Afghanistan?

--Legal and moral requirements in service to the state

--Is the Just War tradition part of doctrine in the military services?

--Should military chaplains be required to perform “same sex marriage” ceremonies?

--When and how does private behavior impact/hinder public performance?

--Moral Injury, theory, prevention and aftermath.

--Moral / Ethical fitness- developing fitness and resilience, reacting to moral injury and ethical shortcomings

--The professional, moral, and legal responsibility of the retired military officer to the Army and the United States of America.

--Should Soldiers be concerned about and responsible not only for the conduct of war but  also for the Cause? Should the moral equality of Soldiers be reconsidered?


Send abstracts (approximately 300-500 words) for individual papers to the conference coordinator, Chaplain (Major) Sean Wead,

Deadline for abstracts: 31 May 2013

Notification to those who submit: 15 June 2013

Deadline for papers for presentation: 15 September 2013

The Command and General Staff College and CGSC Foundation will publish the proceedings of the conference and selected papers on line.

For additional information on the symposium please contact Chaplain Sean Wead at 913-684-3270.

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