Beyond the Battlefield. The New Military Professionalism by Sam C. Sarkesian

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This is reflected in the perceived gap between pro­ fessional ideals and professional behavior. Indeed, one can reasonably conclude that professional ethics in the broadest terms, are at the base of professional restiveness concerning professional relationship to society, the capability of the military institution, and the general character of the profession itself. Professionals in the main feel that institutional de­ mands and organizational behavior encourage "careerism," subordinate individual ethics, erode professional ideals, and develop a career orientation based on unquestioned acceptance 36 BEYOND THE BATTLEFIELD of institutional requirements - regardless of the ramifications to the profession and the individual professional, The profile that emerges from these studies is that of a profession that is generally conservative (in the sense of commitment to existing institutions, being distinctly p r o military, and being "hard line" in military m a t t e r s ) , and becomes even more so as one moves up the rank pyramid.

79. The quotes in this p a r a g r a p h are from the same s o u r c e . 19. Russett and Hanson, p p . 277-278. 20. Margiotta, p . 168. 21. Moellering, p . 80. 22. Army War College S t u d y , p . B - l - 1 5 . 2 3 . Bachman and Blair, p . 15. 2 4 . Margiotta, p . 165. 25. Ibid. 26. R u s s e t t , p . 97. 27. David M. K r i e g e r , "A Developmental Model of the Military Man" in S t e f f e n W. Schmidt and Gerald A. Dorf man, Los A l t o s : G e r o n - X , I n c . , 1974. See Soldiers in P o l i t i c s .

30) Although attempts at categorizing political ideologies can easily distort conclusions regarding attitudes, it is important to note the general dominance of conservative or "hawkish" attitudes of military officers. While not surprising, such attitudes do lend weight to the argument that there is a distinctly military view of the world. Margiotta found what he calls a "pluralist conservativism," in which 64 percent of the respondents identified themselves as conservative or somewhat conservative.

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