Requiring the study of ethics is integral to developing future Navy and Marine Corps officers. However, many NROTC midshipmen are only exposed to ethics in a one-semester naval science course, in which all essential readings are combined into two textbooks. Too often the limited scope of the curriculum neglects the historical context in which the ethical decision being studied was made. This shortcoming contributes to the promulgation of inaccurate historical narratives that diminish the value of the ethics instruction to midshipmen who rely on the class to inform their viewpoint.
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