The Armed Forces Officer
While the average American may have some idea of the basic military responsibilities the armed forces officer holds, there is a lot more to this position than meets the eye. In addition to instilling leadership tactics in subordinates to win the fight and stand their ground, the U.S. military officer needs to commit to a common and essential moral-ethical code, both in mentality and in conduct. The original edition of this work was written in 1950 by journalist and historian S. L. A. Marshall, who laid out these ethical principles as guidelines for the reference of future leaders. This new edition is the successor to that classic volume. In these tumultuous times, keeping these timeless moral considerations in mind continues to be both relevant and crucial for the success of every newly commissioned army officer, as a means to stay focused, grounded, and productive.
Leaders—military and civilian alike—must at all times remember the importance of staying true to a concrete set of values that have united us as Americans, in combat, constitution, and mindset. By reading The Armed Forces Officer, all of us can gain valuable knowledge about how to combine the drive to win with universal moral guidelines in order to reach true success. Essential morally sound leadership topics include: