Military Virtues

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Michael Skerker, Don Carrick, David Whetham
Howgate Publishing Limited, 2019 - Air pilots, Military - 382 pages
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Up until now, there has been no extant book focusing on military virtues aimed at professionals. Like personnel in other professional organizations, service personnel at every stage of their careers need a complement of virtues (excellent traits) in order to navigate the stress, decisions, and temptations they face. At a minimum, military professionals need to have a clear and working knowledge of the ethical decision-making process that underpin their profession in order to evaluate situations quickly. In the search for such clarity, this volume identifies 14 key virtues of the military professional and through introductory essays and real world examples of those virtues in practice, it provides guidance for service personnel at every stage of their career.

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About the author (2019)

Michael Skerker is an associate professor in the Leadership, Ethics, and Law department at the U.S. Naval Academy. He received his BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University (1997) and his MA and PhD in Ethics from the University of Chicago Divinity School (1999, 2004). His academic interests include professional ethics, just war theory, moral pluralism, theological ethics, and religion and politics. Publications include works on ethics and asymmetrical war, moral pluralism, intelligence ethics, and the book An Ethics of Interrogation. His most recent book Soldiers and Soldiers: The Moral Equality of Combatants is forthcoming.

Don Carrick is a philosopher specialising in the field of applied ethics and is also a keen amateur military historian. His main interests are in military ethics education, medical ethics, just war theory, and moral and political philosophy. He has co-edited and contributed to several volumes in his field, the latest being Making the Military Moral: contemporary challenges and responses in military ethics education. Don currently teaches military medical ethics at the University of Leeds and he is also a postgraduate student at King's College London, where he is working on a PhD thesis entitled 'Teaching Ethics to the British Soldier'.

David Whetham is Professor of Ethics and the Military Profession in the Defence Studies Department of King's College London, based at the UK's Joint Services Command and Staff College where he coordinates or delivers the military ethics component of courses for between two and three thousand British and international officers a year. David has held Visiting Fellowships at the U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, the Australian Defence College, Canberra, the University of Glasgow, the University of New South Wales and he was a British Academy Mid-Career Fellow in 2017-18. He is the Director of the King's Centre for Military Ethics, which has the aim of promoting best practice in the delivery of military ethics education worldwide.

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