JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

Role of Military Culture and Traditions in Building Ethics, Morals and Combat Effectiveness in Fighting Units

Brig. (Retd.) V. Mahalingam is a security affairs analyst.
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  • April 2013
    Volume: 
    7
    Issue: 
    2
    Articles

    Developing culture and traditions is one of the pragmatic ways of breeding ethics and moral standards in the military. These moral issues are profoundly linked to the military’s way of life and ethos, which includes discipline and esprit de corps. Although issues like developing a sense of belonging may be the theme while creating cultures, the ultimate aim is to influence a soldier into becoming an ethical team player as an instrument for winning wars. The creation and pursuit of culture establishes common values and a sense of ownership amongst the troops. The military family thus created prevents individuals from doing the unethical. The pride in a soldier forces him to protect the honor of his military family, if need be by making the supreme sacrifice. This article elucidates military culture and traditions besides explaining their relevance to ethics.

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