William Sullivan's Work And Integrity : The Crisis And Promise Of Professionalism

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The embodiment of a military professional must be as stated in William Sullivan 's book Work and Integrity: The Crisis and Promise of Professionalism in America. He asserts a profession is an "application of a strict and arduous credentialing system, demanding a lifetime of rigorous discipline, resulted in an exclusive group of peers who possessed a distinct body of knowledge, language, and abilities."1 The officer corps is burdened with greater responsibility based on the nature of the military construct. The officer’s professional military education, development of an abstract body of knowledge, a code of ethics reflecting the “special trust and confidence” bestowed by the President and Congress, and the oath of office, are all different from the enlisted branch. They must be by nature.10 This is supported by U.S. Code, Navy Regulations, the Marine Corps Manual, and the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), as well as other specific differences such as indefinite contracts, resignations, dismissals; and Articles 133 and 138, UCMJ. There is an indisputable cultural divide between the professional officer and vocational enlisted. 2 Article 133 states “Any commissioned officer, cadet, or midshipman who is convicted of conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman shall be punished as a court-martial may direct.” 8 Also, Article 138 states "Any member of the armed forces who believes himself wronged by his commanding officer, and who, upon due application to that commanding

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