16 Pages Posted: 2 May 2011 Last revised: 13 Jul 2011
Date Written: June 15, 2010
We present two cases in which a Commanding Officer in the United States military relies on his religious convictions to determine whether to grant a subordinate's request to be granted leave to get an abortion. We use these cases to reflect on the proper role of religious conviction in the exercise of command authority. We argue that military professionalism does not require officers to refrain from relying on their religious convictions to make command decisions.
Keywords: religion, war, abortion, politics, morality, military profession
Suggested Citation: Suggested Citation
Eberle, Christopher J. and Rubel, Capt. Rick, Religious Conviction in the Profession of Arms (June 15, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1826247 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1826247