The Decision: Reflective Analysis on Joining the Military

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REFLECTIVE ANALYSIS

The Decision

I am in the military and the decisions that I make effects someone or something either directly or indirectly. My status in the military allows me to make all sorts of decisions, from what pens and furniture to purchase to who to send to war, where and when. This particular decision I want to talk about is a decision that involved peoples lives. This decision changed my aspect of life and the military as I knew it.

I was in charged of this element that was getting ready to deploy, and we had just had a urinalysis in which a couple of soldiers came up positive on for marijuana, cocaine and other barbiturates When a soldier comes up positive for an illegal substance, it use to be a time where we were suppose to detain the individual, send him to the necessary facility to get help and then Chapter him out the military because we can no longer use that individual. When these soldiers came up positive we attempted to chapter them out the military but, because we are at war the military goal now is to retain everybody. The military is not letting anyone go due to mental, drugs, medical, or family. The military does not have enough soldiers in to sustain our awesome army, so they are retaining as many soldiers as they can. Anyway because of this new MILPER message that came out across the military, I could not chapter these drug abusers out nor get them help prior to us deploying, so they had to deploy with us. Once we reached our undisclosed location we set up our communications and started to engage the enemy. To make a long story short, the individuals that came up positive on the urinalysis 2 lost their lives in one of the battles that took place, the other threw a grenade in the sleep tent and killed several of his fellow comrades. Even though they seemed like nothing was wrong apparently something was wrong and I not only overlooked it, but shouldn't have deployed them with us, despite what the military dictated.

Expected Utility Theory

This is the normative Theory ( Plous, S ). The decision that I made in the first place was the normal decision anyone would have made. The military tells you that you will do something and you do it, not questioning it, or rebuttal.

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