Moral Development: The West Point Way


  • Michael Turner U.S. Military Academy
  • Chad DeBos U.S. Military Academy
  • Francis Licameli U.S. Military Academy


What moral education strategies is the United States Military Academy (USMA or West Point) utilizing to help prepare its members for the ethical challenges they will encounter? A detailed search of the literature turned up little information on this topic. This article briefly discusses some of the findings from studies that have been completed in the area of moral education at the college level. Then it turns to the United States Military Academy’s Cadet Leader Development System (CLDS) that resonates through formal programs as well as a host of activities and experiences. USMA is offered as a model institution for moral education at the undergraduate college level.


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Michael Turner, Chad DeBos, & Francis Licameli. (2010). Moral Development: The West Point Way. Journal of Character and Leadership Development, 1(2). Retrieved from