Marcus, USA

April 5, 2012

Hi.

I am a researcher from the State University of New York at Albany, and I’m currently working on a PhD dissertation about military ethics in the IDF, the American Army, and the British Army. My main goal is to understand the kinds of ethical challenges soldiers from each military encounter and how they solve these challenges. To answer these questions, I am interviewing soldiers and former soldiers from each military. I have interviewed around 35 American Soldiers, mostly veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and I am now trying to find current and former members of the IDF. I was wondering if I could ask you a few questions about your experiences. Any responses you provide will be kept anonymous.

What kind of training in military ethics and the laws of war did you receive while you were serving in the IDF? What were the strengths and weaknesses of the training? Would you suggest any improvements?

Did you encounter any ethical dilemmas while you were in the military? Do remember any particular events in which you had to make a difficult decision about what was the right course of action? If so, could you tell me a little bit about the event(s)?

When you encountered ethical dilemmas, how did you decide the best way of resolving them? (In other words, did you try to apply your religious values, instructions provided in training, cultural values, a moral theory, etc.) Based on your experience, how do you think IDF soldiers usually solve ethical dilemmas? Would you expect IDF soldiers to think about military ethics in the same way as American and British soldiers or differently?

Thank you very much for your help.

Marcus

Dear Marcus,

Your area sounds very interesting, although I don’t think I can be of much help to you. Since I served as a teacher with civilians, my army training wasn’t geared towards me encountering ethical dilemmas. If you’d like, I can connect you with people who might be able to help you.

Best of luck on your PhD,

Hamutal.

 

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