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Ethics in the Royal Netherlands Army: the Development of Morally Competent Military Personnel, from Recruit to Veteran

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Conscription was suspended in the Netherlands in 1996 and since then the Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA) has consisted solely of volunteers. This chapter takes a closer look at the way in which ethics education takes place. It discusses the approach used to develop a professional execution of tasks which includes moral competence. The chapter sets out why the RNLA attaches such importance to ethics education. It describes in more detail the essential characteristics and circumstances of the RNLA's actions in relation to military ethics. The chapter defines what the RNLA understands by moral competence and how this competence is achieved. The deployment of military personnel in a military operation is a political decision. In other words, the RNLA (and the armed forces as a whole) will only operate by order of the Dutch government.

Keywords: Dutch government; ethics education; military operation; military personnel; Royal Netherlands Army (RNLA)



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