that the major service of the military institution to the community of men it serves may well lie neither within the political sphere nor the functional. It could easily lie within the moral. The military institution is a mirror of its parent society, reflecting strengths and weaknesses. It can also be a well from which to draw refreshment for a body politic in need of it.
It is in the conviction that the highest service of the military to the state may well lie in the moral sphere, and the awareness that almost everything of importance in this respect can still be said, that I bring to an end what I have to offer here tonight in the Harmon Memorial Lecture for the year 1970.
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Publication information: Book title: War, Morality, and the Military Profession. Contributors: Malham M. Wakin - Author. Publisher: Westview Press. Place of publication: Boulder, CO. Publication year: 1986. Page number: 120.