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Business Ethics

Module 2

Session Long Project

Shawn Hines

TUI University

As a soldier in the United States Army, there are rules and regulations under the Uniform Code of Military Justice that I must follow. The Uniform Code of Justice (UCMJ) is a system that used to govern the actions and behaviors of military personnel. All military forces require a code of laws and regulations for the maintenance of discipline and good order.

Although the UCMJ is used to control discipline in the military, I do not agree with the whole “Don’t ask, don’t tell policy. This policy is used to protect the practice of homosexuality in the military. Don't Ask, Don't Tell" is the current policy for the United States Military. Under this new policy homosexuals and bisexuals are allowed to serve in the military however they may not practice any sexual acts on or off base.

What that means, is that the military will not ask about someone's sexual preference. That means that homosexuals can service in the military, but they cannot engage in any homosexual conduct, nor can they tell anyone about their sexual preference. Homosexuality is very frowned up on in the military. Soldiers can be dismissed from the military simply because they are homosexual.

In civilian life, homosexuality is more or less tolerated in our society. But things are much different in military life. When you join the armed services you sign away certain rights and must conform to the UCMJ (Uniformed Code of Military Justice). Regulations are not a matter of opinion and are not a subject for discussion. One either follows the rules to the letter or they will be punished..

Since utilitarianism judges morality according to how much happiness a particular act produces, I believe that homosexuality should be accepted because more happiness would be achieved in the long run.

I think it would seem reasonable that the great number of gays in the military would be happier...