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Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, History, Law

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Ordinary Soldiers. A Study in Ethics, Law and Leadership

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Ordinary Soldiers uses a World War II case study as the basis for educating, training, and inspiring current and future officers through critical consideration of leadership and ethics. The resource prompts discussion of the legal and ethical standards U.S. military professionals are expected to meet, the challenges military leaders face in making consistently legal decisions in a combat theater, and the consequences of failure to meet these standards. Ordinary Soldiers has been designed in a modular format that can be adapted depending upon time available, lesson objectives, and class sizes ranging from just a few students to nearly 100. It is used at military academies, by the Reserve Officer Training Corps, and in other professional military education venues.