1st Edition

Ethics and the Good Soldier Character in the Professional Domain

    96 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Building on extensive, internationally leading empirical research conducted by the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, this book explores the soldier as a virtuous professional through a close examination of soldiers’ character and ethical reasoning.

    Starting from the view that virtues such as courage, honesty, loyalty and integrity are core to being a professional soldier, the book draws on insights from British soldiers at three stages of their career – officer cadets (at Sandhurst), junior lieutenants/captains (attending the Junior Officer Tactical Awareness Course), and senior captains (participating in the Captain’s Warfare Course). Drawing upon the Jubilee Centre’s Soldiers of Character study, the book explores soldiers’ character in the professional domain.

    Including clear implications for practice and research, this is essential reading for all those interested in the character of soldiers in both a professional and academic setting.


    1. The Professions and Character

    2. Character, the Military and the Ethical Soldier

    3. Soldiers of Character: Ethical Dilemmas and Character Strengths

    4. Soldiers’ Perceptions of Character

    Conclusions, Recommendations and Further Research



    James Arthur is Professor of Education in the University of Birmingham.

    Scott Parsons is Assistant Vice Chancellor for Character and Ethics Development at the Texas Tech University System. He is a retired US Army Intelligence Officer and spent 2014–2023 as Assistant Professor and Character Development Integrator at the United States Military Academy at West Point. 

    Andrew Peterson is Professor of Character and Citizenship Education in the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham, UK.