1. The act of punishing and killing private Santiago is objectively wrong because it contradicts natural law
2. The intent, however, was good because all Jessep intended to do objectively Santiago to put out more effort
3. For Harold Dawson and Lowden Downey the circumstances are mitigating because they had no other options. If they ignored the order than they could have been kicked out of the military, but if they did go through with it, which they did, than they could have been court-martialed, which is what happened.
4. Dawson and Downey are use proportionality by choosing between the lesser of two evils. They were taught to always obey orders no matter what, and if they did not than “people die.” So what they figured was that if they ignored Jessep’s order than something worse could happen, and if they did the code red than all that would happen would be that Santiago would be a little more motivated in the future.
Overall, Dawson and Downey were only obeying orders so, even though they were objectively wrong for the killing of Santiago, there were mitigating circumstances. Also, the sentence they received, innocent of murder, but dishonorably discharged from the military is the correct one because they did still kill a weaker marine even if they were only following an order.