Chaplain's Corner

The CAP Character Development Program is a Guided and Regulated program to encourage and promote values in living and decision making for our members.

CAPR 265-1 is our guide and incorporates 2 essential elements, "Values for Living" covered in CAPP 265-2 and "Flight Time" covered in CAPP 265-4.

All services and elements of instruction are Non-Denominational.

Commander (Ret.) Miles J. Barrett

CHC, U.S. Navy

Squadron Chaplain

U.S. Coast Guard Chaplain

Training Center, Cape May

Ethics Section

From Santa Clara University, California:

Ethics Cases

Practicing Ethical Decisions

Military Ethics Sites to explore:

Simon Center Military Ethics

USAF College Character & Leadership Development

Stockdale Center for Ethical Leadership


CAP Ethics case for January 2012 by LtCol Miles J. Barrett CAP Chaplain

19 November 1863 President Lincoln delivered his two-minute Gettysburg Address that has a timeless ethical message alive today in 2012. In lieu of a case study let’s reflect on his two minute speech.

Let me re-state his message as we listen to the ethical challenge:

Now more than "Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent a new nation, conceived in liberty and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

Even today during our asymmetrical war on terrorism, economic depression, and ethical challenges respecting life we are met on a great battlefield. On our battlefield today we are called to "the great task remaining before us - that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion – that we here highly resolve that these dead (and over 32,000 wounded today ) shall not have died in vain, that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom, and that government of the people, by the people, for the people shall not perish from the earth."

What ethical honor did you give the 2.8 million Americans who since 1776 to 2012 laid down their life for us today? Been honest? Loyal? Have integrity? Showed respect?

How did you keep your loyalty to the CAP values this week when not in uniform, when nobody was looking?

What ethical slope did you avoid sliding down into unethical behavior when it was legally allowed but just not right to do?

Let’s make 2012 in the Civil Air Patrol a model of moral leadership that shows honor and respect to those who went before us. Let’s practice the Pilot’s Creed: "In God we trust… all else we double check" for moral and ethical decisions in Civil Air Patrol both on the ground and in the air.

CAP Chaplain

LtCol Miles J. Barrett CAP