The newest “Zebis International E-Journal”

calls for “Controversies in Military Ethics & Security Policy” on

Personality Development and Skills Acquisition: Ethics for Soldiers”

“Character Guidance Training” in Practice

Euro-ISME wants to contribute to the discourse! This is why we regularly make the release of a new edition of the Zebis E-Journal a “EuroISME News Topic”. And we call upon our members and friends, not only through Europe but purposefully also across the Atlantic Ocean, to participate in the discussion about the place of the soldier and the role of Armed forces in Peace Building in the 21st century, characterised by increasing multinational integration, complexity of crises and use of high-technology.

With the newest edition of it’s biannual E-Journal, the Hamburg based “Centre for Ethical Education in the Armed Forces”, which is one of our Institutional Members, initiates a debate on the very topical issue how  ethics can and should be taught, and what role does Character Building play? 

And the issue’s special feature looks at the question of how far “Character Guidance Training” can practically be “translated” into the different military cultures and traditions.

We are pleased to open our platform again for your comments on this controversial topic.

According to a definition by social ethicist Thomas Bohrmann, the ethical field referred to as military professional ethics aims to investigate ethical principles – such as human dignity and justice – that are relevant to society as a whole and prioritised in the military domain, and to investigate them under the conditions prevalent in the military as a particular sphere of action and experience.

What does this mean for ethical education in the armed forces?

The conscience, which is shaped by personal experience, represents the final resort in the decision-making process and forms the foundation of soldierly behaviour. Given the moral challenges that can face soldiers in conflict situations, the conscience requires continuous education.

Soldiers, however, are responsible not only to their conscience, but for it, which is why the military chaplaincy needs to provide orientation for the development of the conscience.

What does this mean for the educational formats offered by zebis?

Click here and read the authors compelling contributions !