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Deployment-related Professional Development Resources

I know that units ramping up for a deployment are incredibly busy. You want to conduct professional-development sessions on deployment-related topics but may struggle to find the time to prepare them. In conjunction with your Association of the United States Army, for whom I’ve written for over a decade, we offer this compilation of off-the-shelf LPD packages. Each topic includes 2-3 articles from AUSA’s monthly ARMY magazine. We are pleased to support your professional-development program. 
Enforcing Standards within Bounds of Mission Command Bending the Rules: Ambiguous Standards, Falsified Records Cause Ethical Harm Standards on Remote Outposts
Ethical Standards on Deployment Leading our Soldiers to Fight with Honor  Divergent Ethics: Advising a Foreign Partner Who Has a Different Moral Code
Preparing for and Dealing with Death Zero KIA’s as an Organizational Goal? Leadership and the Death of a Soldier Leading our Soldiers After They Lose One of Their Own
Preparing for and Dealing with Kil…

Resisting Hatred as We Resist Aggression

It would be a major moral and social victory if the Army figured out how to accomplish its wartime mission while simultaneously protecting its soldiers from succumbing to hate. Soldiers should be taught that they inflict lethal violence on enemy combatants in war not because they hate the enemy—and not because the enemy soldiers are evil—but because they love those they are sworn to protect and defend.

See my July column in ARMY: Know Thy Enemy: Better Understanding Foes Can Prevent Debilitating Hatred

Correcting Unethical Conduct by Superiors is Especially Challenging

The most troubling and challenging ethical situations I have faced in the Army involved misconduct by leaders who were senior to me. The Army’s culture would improve if there were a shared understanding about all soldiers’ duty to hold their leaders accountable to the Army’s ethical standards.

See my June column in ARMY here: When "Moral Compasses" Need Calibration

How Leaders Can Combat Moral Injury in Their Soldiers

This article linked to below marks the start of a monthly column on professional ethics that I'll write for ARMY magazine, which is published by the Association of the United States Army.
How Leaders Can Combat Moral Injury in Their Soldiers
Many soldiers who perform honorably in combat and deserve to feel enormous pride for the rest of their lives instead experience a corrosive sense of guilt, especially after they separate from the military and reintegrate into civilian culture.  Moral injury is a soldier-welfare issue that demands the attention of leaders.

A Third Form of Moral Injury

By Pete Kilner, Ph.D. version: 3-28-2017 w/ addendum at end, 3-29-2017
Currently, the literature on moral injury recognizes two forms of moral injury. I think that it’s overlooking a third form--a third cause--of moral injury.
Combat-related moral injury is caused not only (1) by feeling betrayed by an authority figure and (2) by doing actions that violate your own moral beliefs, but also (3) by encountering large-scale, senseless violence and suffering.

Comparing the 3 Forms of Moral Injury Level of violation Personal Organizational Divine Perceived violator of moral goodness Soldier himself Leader who wielded authority over the soldier Whoever is responsible for the world, aka, God. Victim’s response “I did something terrible. I’m a bad person.” “I was screwed by ‘higher.’ I trusted them literally with my life but was used and abused. I risked my life and took others’ lives, and my buddies died, for someone who didn’t care.” “No real God would allow this situation to take place. This is irrationa…