Armed Forces Services Corporation Abstract

ArmedForces Services Corporation


Applicationof a strong and consistent set of ethics in service organizationsprovides a wide range of benefits. Apart from the set of ethicsproviding a base for the hiring of ethical people, the primaryapplication of morality ensures benefits in the long run with focuson providing standards for doing the right thing from a moralstandpoint. Although this paper’s focus is on addressing theorganizational culture in the Armed Forces Services Corporation–which specifics of morality vary slightly from other types ofhuman service organization – application of the components ofethics are the same in each and every organization in pursuit ofyielding fiscal returns over time. In respect to that, it is with atmost importance to specify the constitutes in organizational culturein the Armed Forces Services Corporation to gain an intuitiveunderstanding of the strong background in hierarchy, command andcontrol organization that characterize the Armed Forces ServiceCorporation.

Componentsof ethics in the Armed Forces Services Corporation

Inboth instances of war and peace, the traditional focus on adopting acode of ethics in the Armed Forces Services Corporation has primarilyfocused on key factors of technology, leadership, personnel andtraining. Recently, the concept of organizational culture has beenintegrated to this list in recognition to the variablesorganizational culture immensely contribute to overall efficiency inoperations of the Armed Forces Services Corporation. The advantage ofusing organizational culture in adopting a code of ethics provides awide array of advantages to the Armed Forces Services Corporation.Listing documented advantages, application of a code of ethicsthrough organizational culture has provided the Armed Forces ServicesCorporation useful models for assessing, diagnosing and aligningenvironmental demands[ CITATION Arm11 l 1033 ].Further explain is that adoption of these values are integrated intopersonnel of the situated organization to equip them with thenecessary tools for dealing successfully with problems associatedwith external adaption and internal integration. Moreover, adaptionof these code of ethics enables effective organizational response tothe outside world while still assist in internal organization toaccomplish goals

Regardingorganizational culture, provision of unethical training widelycharacterizes the Armed Forces Services Corporation. Problems withethical training methodology are defined being as old as militaryorganizations themselves. Criticalities of these problems arecompared to the definition of an armed forces military man being amost conservative creature who would not adopt any idea until it isobsolete. Likewise, the innate conservatism result of unethicaltraining would also make the military man not abandon an idea untilit reaches the brick of it destroying him. Although such conservatismmay not prove to be a negative trait in moderation, extreme caseshave pointed the undoing of the profession of arms. This sort ofunethical training in the Armed Forces Services Corporation has ledto the invariably spilling over of outmoded operational procedures.Another point on the unethical training in the Armed Forces ServicesCorporation is detailed in the procedures of basic military training.The goals of training alter the conventional morality ingrained inindividuals since childhood by replacing military problematicsegments which are characterized by selective amorality. In mostcases these selective ethics permit otherwise immoral behavior.Describing further is that results of unethical training of ArmedForces Services Corporation personnel leads to approval of supposedlyminor offences with phrases like ‘boys will be boys’ or even ‘he’ll straighten out in the field’[ CITATION Ant89 l 1033 ].Not only does the effect of this weakness in organization culturelead to very costly impacts on soldier effectiveness but also ruinthe public image of the Armed Forces Services Corporation in general.

Areview on the values that guide the hiring and promoting of ethicalpeople in the Armed Forces Services Corporation might be misleadingto a keen eye. The Armed Forces Services Corporation engineers asystem that ensures the century-old promise of an HR system that isdesigned to find and attract ethical people armed not only with theright skills but also a selfless attitude. However, as mentionedearlier, questions have been raised on the orientation and trainingof these personnel. The lack of organizational culture is shown bythe system of promotion of ethical behavior. In describing this,there have been documented gaps in the assessment and thecompensation system that were initially placed to focus on deliveringtools and motivation needed for more effectiveness in personnel.Describing this sort of two-edged sword is that according to theArmed Forced Services Corporation, promotion through ethical behavioris defined by superior acts rather than standard performance.Providing an example is on how the personnel who rises through theranks in the Armed Forces Services Corporation bureaucracy is oftennot a trained combat leader who is proficient in the art of war butmost likely the conventional bureaucratic infighter equipped withknowledge in management. Emphasizing on this is that the Armed forcesServices Corporation does not focus on the qualities of thesuccessful combat leader or the successful military planner who‘rocks the boat’.

Regardingtaking a proactive strategy, the armed Forces Services Corporationhas continuously been advocates of ethical organizational culture.Results of this is has been the recent selection of the Armed ForcesServices Corporation as a prime contractor in three critical humanresource mission areas for 2009-2015 by Army Mission InstallationContracting Command, Office of the program Executive OfficerEnterprise Information Systems and the Human Resource Solutions. Partof providing ethical proactive strategies constitutes of provisionof a mission effective network for studies and analysis and theavocation of personnel support services through tactical responses toorganization and operations. A major contribution to the ethicalproactive strategy of the Armed Forces Services Corporation has beenthe wide access to an exclusive team of 23 strategic partners and asubstantial global network of resources.

Constitutingits organizational culture, the Armed Forces Services Corporationalso practices ethical conduct of social audit. However, thecorporation has been subjected to numerous claims on their operationsregarding social audit although most complaints have been illinformed. Listing ethical conduct of social audit includes a varietyof efficiencies that the Armed Forces Services Corporation uses tofacilitate the development of skills. Among this are the readilyaccess to a lot of their facilities in which the corporation reallytook care of its employees to facilitate service delivery. Also amongthe corporations notable ethics in social audit is that in pursuit ofthe original organization’s good mission, it has been highlyrewarding in serving the military, families and veterans.

HRsolutions that steer the Armed Forces Services Corporation provide anethical base of protecting whistle blowers. Representing this is thatthe Armed Forces Services Corporation through HR solutions hasdefined itself as the guardian of freedom and opportunity. Regardinginstances that lead to human capital challenges of whistle blowersbeing result of protracted foreign conflicts, base realignment andclosure requirements, and repercussion of a fragile economy the ArmedForces Services Corporation focuses its provision of servicesexclusively on human capital and health. In line with the nationalwide sourcing agency that constitute the Armed Forces ServicesCorporation, protecting whistle blowers is done ethically followingsituated organization culture that aim on supporting complex andsensitive human services. Empowering of the guardians of integrityalso falls in line with the retention continuum enhancements that arepart of goals of the Armed forces Services Corporation. Thecorporation enables this through the ethical access of guardians ofintegrity to a rich network of high performing entities that answerthe call to serve again by equipping guardians of integrity withrelevant human capital services.


Addressingthe presence of organizational culture in the Armed Forces ServicesCorporation proves to be quite a challenge particularly in addressingthe 8 components in the Ethics in Business. Playing a major role ofthis uncertainty in organizational culture is the nature of servicesprovided by the Armed Forces Services Corporation. In regard to partof claims of the corporation of providing experienced professions toimmediately engage comprehensive HR solutions, the corporation hasbeen subjected to claims of office culture varying betweendepartments and leaders. Adding to the cons of the Armed ForcesService Corporation are the unethical training and selection ofpersonnel who have been selectively picked according to their skillsin management rather than the conventional mastery of army expertisethat revolve around services provided by the Armed Forces ServicesCorporation. Although the corporation has received numerous awards inHR solutions and Analysis contracts, the corporation has beenconstantly reputed of having unethical organization cultures thatlead to soldiers not getting long-term jobs and benefits they deserveand the hiring of veterans on false pretenses.


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