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This study examined the CAPE Army Ethic. It uses a three-phased approach, first conducting a survey to determine perceptions of relevancy among CGSS officers. Second, it uses a comparative analysis to determine how the CAPE-proposed Army Ethic adheres to principles of ethical codes in other professions and military organizations. Third, it conducts an analysis of the moral principles of the U.S. Constitution to determine the CAPE-proposed Army Ethic's adherence to the national values as espoused in the United States' foundational documents. This analysis identified one major area for improvement in the CAPE-proposed Army Ethic, centered on the development of a unique professional identity for the American military, as well as several other minor areas for improvement. This study then recommends adjustments to the proposed ethic, and concludes by offering implications for the Army as an organization.
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION * Background * Problem Statement * Primary and Secondary Research Questions * Thesis Purpose and Research Outline * Definitions and Key Terms * Assumptions * Limitations * Scope and Delimitations * Significance of the Study * CHAPTER 2 LITERATURE REVIEW * Historical Ethical Schools * U.S. Joint and Army Doctrine * Comparative Ethical Codes * Ancillary Legal and Ethical Documents * United States Foundational Documents * Conclusion * CHAPTER 3 METHODOLOGY * Methodology Overview * Survey Purpose * Survey Design * Survey Sampling * Data Rationale * Survey Question Validity * Survey Relevance * Evaluation Criteria to Identify a Unifying Identity * Distillation of Ethical Principles * National Values * Conclusion * CHAPTER 4 FINDINGS AND ANALYSIS * Presentation and Analysis of the Survey * Demographic Data * Professional Identity * Ability of an Ethical Code to Influence Behavior * Analysis of the CAPE Proposed Army Ethic * Principle 1: Unique Identity * Principle 2: Espoused Values * Principle 3: Professional Behavior * Principle 4: Relationship to Society * Conclusion * CHAPTER 5 CONCLUSION AND RECOMMENDATIONS FOR FUTURE STUDY * Research Implications * Topics for Future Research * Conclusion