True Faith And Allegiance: The Burden of Military Ethics / Edition 1

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James H. Toner is professor of international relations and military ethics at the U.S. Air War College and author of Morals Under the Gun.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Toner has packed considerable challenge into this brief volume, a challenge to which all of us who care about the future of this country and its military profession must respond." — Air Power Journal

"Truly valuable" — Choice

"Nothing in print provides such a wealth of factual case studies relevant to military ethics." — Lt. Col. Paul Christopher

"The issues are timely and have a clear pubic-policy relevance." — Naval War College Review

"Toner's book serves as both microscope and mirror for those willing to take a penetrating look at the military services and what they mean to individual members and to society." — Proceedings

"Ultimately, concludes Toner, private morality... is fundamental in maintaining the integrity of the profession of arms. In the era of Tailhook and the Iran-Contra scandal, his is a down-to-earth approach to a vexed subject." — Publishers Weekly

"If military ethics are better understood and improved, they can sound a more general moral awakening in America, reminding us all that there are many things worth doing honorably." — Society

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Toner, professor of international relations and military ethics at the Air War College in Alabama, addresses this volume ``to those who hate the things and thoughts of war but accept its necessity when the alternatives are greater evils.'' He argues that military ethics, the study of honorable and shameful conduct in armed forces, is not an oxymoron. He distinguishes between the ethics of military institutions, which are collectives, and the ethics of individuals in the military. The latter begins with training and education that develop character as well as competence. General codes of conduct, he maintains, while important, cannot replace personal ethical choices. Ultimately, concludes Toner, private morality-the ability to distinguish right from wrong and abide the consequences-is fundamental in maintaining the integrity of the profession of arms. In the era of Tailhook and the Iran-Contra scandal, his is a down-to-earth approach to a vexed subject. (Dec.)
Unites understanding of the military profession with the general field of ethics and discusses honorable and shameful conduct in the armed forces. Defines military ethics, explores the relationship between civilian and military sectors in the US, discusses military training and education, and examines the idea of character and the place of codes of conduct. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813118819
  • Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
  • Publication date: 1/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.74 (w) x 8.82 (h) x 0.87 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Military Ethics: Is There Any Such Thing? 7
2 The U.S. Military: Sovereign or Subordinate? 22
3 Military Training: Inculcating Fidelity to Purpose 39
4 Military Education: Analyzing Fidelity to Purpose 56
5 Military Codes: Mars and Cupid 74
6 Active Duty: Enlisting, Serving, Resigning 96
7 The Profession of Arms: The Full Measure of Devotion 115
8 Excursus: Teaching and Learning about Military Ethics 133
Epilogue 148
Notes 154
Selected Bibliography 189
Index 199
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