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.
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: