Ethics; US Navy

TheUS military is one of the most trusted institutions in the UShowever, in the recent past the US military has been criticized inregard to its ethical position in the country. Congress recentlyquestioned the department of defense concerning its ethicaljurisprudence. This marks the nexus of the emergence of ethics in theNavy. It is the trust of the Americans that grounds the ethical andbehavioral expectations of the US Navy at every level. As defined byEdgar Schein, organization culture is a set of structures or rulesand norms that guide and constrain behavior. Just like otherorganizations, culture transcends organizational transformational.

NavyCode of ethics

Thenavy code of ethics is streamlined to regulate the behaviors of thesailors in their daily routines (Dion, 1996). This is the bestapproach that the defense department could employ to ensure that thesailors abide by the stipulated jurisdictions of the community aroundthem. Some of the spelled out codes of ethics include to place theirloyalty to the constitution of the country, the laws, and ethicalprinciples above their personal likes, act impartially to all thegroups they serve, give an honest effort in their daily routines,protect and conserve federal property, at all times the sailorsshould disclose any forms of fraud, waste and abuse that may emanateabove all they are all required to fulfill in good faith theirobligations as citizens and pay their federal taxes.

Aclear observation of the above ethical standards depicts that US Navyhas immensely adopted a large segment of the frameworks. Forinstance, US Navy is among the best disciplined forces in the countryjust like other military groups. Discipline is well integrated to thewell framed ethical standards postulated in the daily routines. USnavy has undertaken numerous missions both across borders and within,each moment they have to adhere to the laid down rules andregulations. The sailors are however on most occasions guided bytheir ethical principles to do what has been endorsed to them andcarry out the expected tasks just like the citizens would require.For instance, during the World War II, US Navy was at the front inensuring that the US was guided and safe from outside attacks, it isthe coordination and effort from the sailors and other militarygroups that gave US an upper hand in the war. Another instance wherethe sailors have depicted their adherence to the ethical code ofconduct is the anti-piracy campaign in the Indian Ocean. Under suchcircumstances it requires a person with honor and integrity to servehis nation and protect fellow citizens. Hence, it can be depictedthat US Navy has effectively inculcated the ethics code of conduct intheir culture (Watson, 2014).

Personalgains are often overridden by the code of ethics, as much as sailorsmay opt to indulge in situations that could benefit them at theexpense of their obligations, it’s imperative to note that ethicsstands out as the priority (Dion, 1996). For instance US Navy’scode of ethics depicts that no sailor should use nonpublicinformation to benefit themselves, no sailor is supposed to solicitor accept gifts from persons or parties that do business with or seekofficial action from the DoD unless given permission to do that, atno point should a sailor make unauthorized commitment or promisesthat bind the government, a sailor is not supposed to use federalproperty for other unauthorized purposes, finally no sailor ought totake conflicting jobs with the government’s responsibilities(, 2014).

Fromthe above list (don’ts) it is important to note that therestrictions are given in case the Navy officials may decide to takeadvantage of their position in the society to infringe the rights ofthe citizens. The don’ts are geared towards ensuring that personalgains do not come first in any exercise in the military. The mainreason for this approach is because the military is established tosafeguard the welfare of the citizens and the country (Bart, 2011).

USNavy rules of ethics are reinforced by particular behavior expectedfrom the sailors while undertaking their jobs in the field. Eachofficer is required to abide by the stipulated set of laws inensuring efficiency and coordination in handling any rising issues.US Navy is characterized by a disciplinary and time consciousculture this means that each sailor no matter the situation or placemust exhibit what is required of them (Watson, 2014). For instance, agroup of Navy sailors in the field are expected to react wheneverthey see that their fellow military officers are in danger or underattack. It is through this approach that the Navy could be termed assticking to the stipulated code of ethics in protecting governmentproperty and US citizens.

Astudy conducted by an ethics concluding firm depicts that 73% ofworkers believe that a written code of conduct improves anorganization as a workplace. There are those employees who will stickto the code of conduct because they desire to safeguard their jobsand there are those who may want to test the limit of the code ofconduct. If top management enforces the code of conduct on a regularbasis and ensures that those who violate the terms are disciplined,it is probable that all the employees will stick to the regulations(Bart, 2011). It is this approach that has worked immensely in the USNavy the US Navy carries out thorough and strict measures againstany individuals who may be found violating the stipulated policiesand regulations (, 2014). This offers a very goodexample of an organization that has succeeded in enforcing ethicscode of conduct.

Codeof conduct spells out three main perspectives on organizationperformance values and beliefs, decision making and accountability.Employees will often attach their values and beliefs on thestipulated code of conduct in an organization. For instance, if anorganization asserts that all employees ought to ensure clean workingenvironment. Chances are that all employees will ensure cleanlinessbefore retiring from work (Watson, 2014). Decisions are made on thepremise of the underlying code of ethics. No US Navy officer willmake decisions if they know the consequences are negative to thesociety they serve. In conclusion it can be depicted that ethicsunderlie major activities in an organization.


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