Public Trust in a Military Force

Asa Kasher*

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The purpose of this paper is to portray the nature of public trust in a military force within a democratic state and explain its importance. On grounds of a general conception of 'profession' and 'professional ethics', it is argued that a military force in a democratic state ought to nurture genuine public trust in itself, to take the form of a commonly or at least very broadly held presumption of proper functioning in all professional respects, including effectiveness, improvement and ethics. It is also argued that external inquiry commissions, sometimes appointed to investigate a recent failure, within the framework of a military force, are counterproductive as attempts to enhance the required public trust.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)20-45
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Military Ethics
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2003


  • Idf
  • Inquiry
  • Military
  • Professional
  • Public Trust


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