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Moral Judgement within the Armed Forces

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This article presents the findings of a study into the moral judgement of Dutch
officers, officer-candidates and university students. The study was based on the Moral Judgement
Test developed by Lind, which aims to analyze the moral skills of respondents in judging ethical
dilemmas. In this quantitative study among military (wo)men, four dilemma’s were used: two
standard ethical dilemmas that were formulated by Lind, and two specific military dilemmas
based on experiences from military practice, developed by the authors. All four dilemmas proved
to be reliable in statistical terms. The results show that the military respondents in general
produce high scores on the test, which indicates that their moral awareness is quite elaborated.
The study also revealed a number of factors e.g., gender, religion and previous experience with
moral dilemmas explaining differences in moral judgement between respondents. Although the
results have shown to be unequivocal, some critical remarks can be made with regard to the test as
such. Given the fact that the structure of the test leaves many moral considerations undisclosed, it
is recommended to use the test in combination with a qualitative research methodology. This
would shed more light on moral sensitivity, empathy and moral character in the face of pressure.

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OrganisatieNederlandse Defensie Academie
LectoraatFaculteit Militaire Wetenschappen
Gepubliceerd inJournal of Military Ethics Taylor & Francis, Basingstoke, Vol. 6, Uitgave: 1, Pagina's: 19-40
Jaar2007
TypeArtikel
ISSN1502-7589
TaalEngels

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