Research Paper on A Virtuous Soldier

A Virtuous Soldier

Being a virtuous soldier means preserving regular formations even under the heaviest shoot outs,  a soldier who is never taken aback by imaginary worries, and in the face of authentic threat disputes the ground bit by bit. A virtuous soldier is proud in the sense of triumph and in no way loses his sense of duty, his respect for and confidence in his commander, even when faced with defeat (Vallor, 2014).

One of the main virtues that a combatant should have is courageousness. This implies risk, and then the consciousness of possible peril (Mosser, 2013). Courage involves panic, since risks also brings about fear. Courage is the condition that assists in overcoming fear but not to dispose it. Soldiers who experience pain with anger and delight in vengeance are not brave people, because the purpose of their self-confidence is not nobility.The other virtues soldiers should have are integrity and respect whereby integrity seems to be directly connected with acts of courage in addition to honesty. However integrity creates a situation for trust to be expanded and trust in this case is stimulated by uprightness and respect. Dishonest people cannot be trusted and hence the lack of trust is caused by the discontinuity among individual view of integrity and others’ conduct. Integrity is necessary in order for a soldier be honourable and dependable.

Any raid or action should be planned to facilitate the military in defeat of an enemy, it have to be an attack on a military aim, and the damage caused to general public or their property must be minimal and not disproportionate. In a case a soldier finds himself in a similar scenario he should reflect on this principle. This principle is predestined to limit avoidable deaths and damages. This not only best facilitates assignment completion, but it also undergirds the personal and community ethic (Vallor, 2014). A virtuous soldier in this situation will evaluate the impact of his decisions on national policy and on general public and thus take appropriate action.


Mosser, K. (2013). Understanding Philosophy. San Diego, CA: Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

Vallor, S. (2014). Armed Robots and Military Virtue. In The Ethics of Information Warfare (pp. 169-185). Springer International Publishing.