In Australia, the members of the ADF exclusively comprise the profession of arms. As members of the profession of arms we may be called upon to do things that would not normally be ethically permissible; we may be asked to kill. The use of lethal force and the destruction of property is a task that may be required to achieve the ADF mission, but this is not an end in itself. The ADF uses the ethical, disciplined application of force to achieve the national interest.
There are six Tags under the Australian Profession of Arms banner:
Understanding the differences between legal and moral authority (or responsibility) is critical. Without this, military officers may believe the legal authority to give an order is a moral absolute.
This paper will discuss the feasibility of seeking assurances or to place additional restrictions or limitations on controls enforced by the Government of Australia.