Impact Of Ethical Compromises In The Military

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Impact on the Force These ethical compromises by soldiers or their leaders during the EPS process may seem very miniscule in today’s military, especially with the cases of fraud, waste, and abuse that have surfaced over the years. Compromises or discrepancies this finite can’t have a resounding effect within our ranks, or can they? I understand that a person is capable of making mistakes and in no way believe that you can be perfect all of the time. I; as well as, most NCO’s that have used the phrase; “takes the hard right over the easy wrong” on NCO evaluation reports for qualified soldiers, truly means it. However, when you take the easy wrong what is the impact on our force?
Unqualified Leaders When soldiers or leaders make unethical
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The dedication and hard work of our soldiers is a direct reflection of our commitment to the NCO corps. We must select and promote the best qualified soldiers, because in today’s operational environment leaders must be able to improvise and adapt to the ever changing situation. When soldiers are promoted through unethical compromises of the EPS, that level of flexibility, experience, and knowledge is not be there. Well it seems that there has been plenty of debate on issues within Enlisted Promotions and Reductions system and the Army is addressing some of those. “Some of the major areas of change are; Promotion point fixes, Transfer of ‘promotable’ status, Non-promotable status, Disability evaluations, required education, and Senior NCO Promotions.” (AR 600-8-19, …show more content…
Next I believe efficiency would improve because board members would only be focusing the EPS at that time. With the appointment of a single board for each grade of the EPS, standard evaluation criteria can be established by the board. All packets would be evaluated by the same individuals and judged for accuracy, fairness, and completeness. If there were unquantifiable or inflated evaluations that category could be reevaluated by the board based on the rest of the packet or kicked back for failure to follow procedure.
Conclusion
In closing, I have shown through personal experience and the history of the Army that unethical practices and discrepancies have existed with the EPS. Soldiers and leaders alike have in these compromises had more than likely violated their integrity. The fact that some leaders have taken the easy wrong over the hard right is discerning. This is not in-keeping with the traditions of the NCO Corps which by tradition and pride train and mentor junior soldiers so that one day they will become qualified effective leaders. The impact on the force; in the forms of unqualified leaders and retention issues, due to unethical practices during the EPS are a noteworthy dilemma. As leaders we cannot, and must not recommend soldiers for promotion who do not meet the standards, are not properly trained, or are simply not ready for positions

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