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Ethics and Dilemmas in the Royal Netherlands Air Force

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This chapter provides an outline of the moral norms and values applicable in the present day Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) and in air battle in general. It offers a brief examination of the RNLAF code of conduct, the culture of the organisation and the teaching of ethics. The chapter discusses the norms and values that apply under operational conditions. The early 1990s saw radical changes in the mission, organisation, management and population of the armed forces. The aims of ethics education are to combat the phenomenon whereby people do not behave according to their norms and values and to encourage their professional integrity. The code of conduct is an example of ethics pertaining to an organisation, whereas the term "military ethics" goes much further. The RNLAF code of conduct and the corresponding courses are important aids with regard to keeping ethics on the agenda of the organisation.

Keywords: armed forces; code of conduct; ethics education; Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF)



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