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Today, the Army Ethic remains a concept, described as the, “…set of laws, values, and beliefs…within the Army culture….” motivating and guiding the conduct of Army Professionals in a common moral purpose.29 This description is little advanced from observations made in 2009 by Dr. Don M. Snider, et al. regarding “The Army’s Professional Military Ethic in an Era of Persistent Conflict.” The purpose of their monograph was to provide a framework within which scholars and practitioners could discuss the various aspects of the Army’s Ethic. They observed that such discussion is especially challenging because the Army lacks common models and language for this dialogue.
“Current Army doctrine and scholarly research do not provide a construct for examining the Army Ethic.”30 —COL (R) Don M. Snider, Ph.D., MAJ Paul Oh, MAJ Kevin Toner, from “The Army’s Professional Military Ethic in an Era of Persistent Conflict Summary,” SSI Monograph, October 2009
In September 2012, LTC Clark C. Barrett suggested “The Right Way” to establish an Army institutional Ethic. His thesis is that the “frameworks” the Army has adopted only imply, they do not explicitly state an Army Ethic. He proposes an integration of the disjointed and disconnected Army ethical prescriptions. He further emphasizes that the Army Ethic plays a key role in shaping the Character Development of Army Professionals.31
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