CJA-324 Personal Dilemma Paper
CJA-324 Personal Dilemma Paper
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Running head:PERSONAL DILEMMA PAPER 1 Personal Dilemma Paper Willie Howard CJA/324 May 18, 2015 Melissa Andrewjeski Running head:PERSONAL DILEMMA PAPER 2 Personal Dilemma Paper We live in a world of diversity and in a government that gives individuals the right of freedom of speech which enables citizens to express their thoughts and ideas without any suppression. People are given equal opportunity, and women have become empowered. It has taken our government a long journey to finally create laws to protect and give the people rights, which are no longer being based on race, religion, or gender. Therefore, people are able to pursue any profession without the stigma of being rejected for factors that are beyond their control. Individuals are given an opportunity in the work place based on the level of expertise, knowledge, and education they have acquired. However, living in male dominant society, some women continue to face discrimination in several professions like the military. In this paper the author will discuss a moral dilemma they have faced in their professional life. Every profession has a code of ethics they abide by that allow them to become creditable and proficient in the job. A code of ethics is defined as a written set of guidelines issued by an organization to its workers and management to help them conduct their actions in accordance with its primary values and ethical standards (Business Dictionary,2012). In every military branch exists a set of values that define the core strength of that organization. The army has seven core values: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor integrity, and personal courage. Soldiers learn these core values in detail during Basic Combat Training (BCT), from that moment on they live them every day in everything they do, whether they are on the job or off. The military is a very structured profession that requires dedication and the willingness to become a good leader, therefore giving up is not an option one must persevere. Running head:PERSONAL DILEMMA PAPER 3 Once deciding to join the military and finally making the commitment by swearing in to protect this country, the whole mentality changed. The main focus was on, that this was the profession chosen and as difficult and physical demanding this experience might be moving forward and excelling was the objective. Until people are faced with so many challenges physically we become unaware of our abilities. There were no exceptions in the training, so whether the person was a female at fiftynine inches in height or a male at seventytwo inches in height they better carry their own weight with full gear for twelve miles. In the end the feeling of completion was the best reward. Soldiers are trained physically and mentally to prepare for war, become proficient in their job occupation and most importantly learn to lead. It began to get difficult once placed in an environment where you are the minority. Having a commander that views the military as a job that is done only by men, became a conflict. At that moment is when one realizes that even though we do live in a world of diversity, equal opportunity, and ethic values, not all people have accepted the change. In this case the perception of women in the military was seen as a distraction. This commanding officer strongly felt that women were incapable of becoming a good soldier. A soldier was a strong figure, someone that will be a dependable comrade in battle fields, a male who lived the army values day by day. As a commander the ability to see everyone as a soldier, not become bias, and help is essential, since it is a reflection of your leadership. For one month straight, he would continue to throw obstacles and challenges to finally break my morale. He failed to realize that choosing this profession was a personal option, serving my country was my duty and one individual was not going to affect my abilities to perform my job. He realized that as much as he disapproved women serving in the army, soldiers Running head:PERSONAL DILEMMA PAPER 4 are defined by the values they live by and the efforts invested to become a strong asset to the military, male or female are worthy of wearing the uniform. At that time it was the beginning of my military career and was learning to adjust to this new way of life. It was complicated to decide what methods to use to confront the issue, since being lower ranking, inexperienced did not help and he was the commanding officer. The military is completely different compared to a civilian job, you are unable to just walk away, or quit unless failure to adapt. However, most likely if faced now with a similar issue it would be addressed differently, immediate action would be taken place since that is define as harassment and discrimination. Discrimination in any work environment is inacceptable and every professional environment requires following the code of ethics. In the military we follow the army values to help in becoming noncommissioned officers a leader of soldiers with the responsibilities of accomplishing the mission and the welfare of soldiers. Running head:PERSONAL DILEMMA PAPER 5 Reference Braswell, M. C., McCarthy, B. R., & McCarthy, B. J. (2012). Justice, crime, and ethics (7th ed.). Burlington, MA: Anderson Publishing. Business Dictionary. 2012. Retrieved from: http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/code ofethics.html#ixzz2EmROftLm
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