Unethical Orders in the Military

2731 WordsFeb 11, 201311 Pages
Introduction Ethical theories have been applied globally, and in different perspectives as mirrors for analyzing potential knowledge and ethical decision making. Classical theories of ethics provide the basis for defending, systematizing and recommending ideas, concepts and notions of moral behavior. Classical ethics falls under the normative class of ethics. Ethics can be divided into Meta, applied or normative ethics. Normative ethics concerns the practical meaning and determination of moral courses of action. Normative ethics concerns the moral appropriateness of a course of action (Arrigo, 2006). It presents classical theory as an overarching ethical principle that could be applied in solving moral ethical issues. In this case,…show more content…
However, the oath that the military officers take forces them to obey all the military orders issued by their commanders. Disobeying or obeying the military orders depends on the orders issued. The military officer disobeys the order at his own risk (Powers, 2012). The disobedience of military orders by an officer is not taken lightly by his seniors. In addition, following unlawful orders could land a military officer into trouble, according to the perspectives of the courts, court martial or the senior officers. Ethical Issues in the Military The enlisting of an individual to the military is followed by the taking of an oath in which the individual vows to protect the nation’s constitution and population. This is required for all individuals joining the military, regardless of their position in the military. The military officer also vows to follow orders of the commanders, appointing office and the president. This is required because the effectiveness of a military officer’s and the required discipline is based on the compliance of diverse orders. New recruits are required to follow orders with immediate effect, without questions or elaborations. Military officers failing to follow or obey orders face immense punishment from the forces or the appointing office (Miller, 2010). In most of the militaries, it is considered an offence for a military officer to disobey orders willingly, which may be accompanied by death.
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