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Soldiers of Character: Research Report
Complementing work by the Jubilee Centre about virtues in professional practice and public service, the Soldiers of Character research report presents the results of a rare empirical study of over 240 junior British Army officers from twelve branches of service. Junior Army officers are senior leaders of tomorrow and in the context of modern warfare, good Army character and ethical leadership are more important than ever. The research, discussed in this report, explored the extent to which junior Army officers display and aspire to attitudes and personal characteristics in line with the values that are set out in the Army Values and Standards Guide: integrity, discipline, courage, selfless commitment, loyalty and respect for others.
- Professor James Arthur OBE - Principal Investigator - is Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham and Deputy Pro- Vice-Chancellor for Staffing. He is Chair of the Society for Educational Studies, and was Head of the School of Education 2010–15. James was made an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to education by Her Majesty The Queen in 2018.
- Dr. David I Walker - Principal Research Fellow - was a Research Fellow in the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues from September 2012 to December 2016. David is Associate Professor in Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Alabama. He has a PhD from Durham University.
- Steve Thoma was Professor of Moral Psychology and Psychometrics in the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues from September 2015 to November 2017. Steve holds the Chair in Educational Psychology in the College of Education at the University of Alabama.
- Professor David Whetham is a Reader in Military Ethics in the Defence Studies Department of King’s College London, based at the Joint Services Command and Staff College at the UK Defence Academy. David sits on the King’s Research Ethics Committee that oversees the research conducted in the Faculties of Social Science and Public Policy, Arts and Humanities and Law. David is also Director of the King's Centre for Military Ethics.
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