Monday, August 01, 2016

Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession

That's the title of an article by Dr. Leonard Wong and Dr. Stephen J. Gerras, two professors at the Army War College. It was published in the latest issue of the newsletter of the Strategic Studies Institute, a part of the college. I was surprised that such an article would appear in an Army publication. Here is their Brief Synopsis: 
Untruthfulness is surprisingly common in the U.S. military even though members of the profession are loath to admit it. Further, much of the deception and dishonesty that occurs in the profession of arms is actually encouraged and sanctioned by the military institution. The end result is a profession whose members often hold and propagate a false sense of integrity that prevents the profession from addressing—or even acknowledging—the duplicity and deceit throughout the formation. It takes remarkable courage and candor for leaders to admit the gritty shortcomings and embarrassing frailties of the military as an organization in order to better the military as a profession. Such a discussion, however, is both essential and necessary for the health of the military profession.

1 comment:

R J Adams said...

Having read the article I'm of the opinion these guys are just overwhelmed with useless forms and paperwork that do no more than serve as justification for the existence of the legions of DOD civvies with nothing better to do than think up time-consuming, office-heavy, tasks for commanders who would much rather get on with fighting the war. Consequently, much of the paperwork and forms are filled with anything that'll keep said legions of DOD civvies happy.
Can't say I blame them for that.