Army War College Report Finds The Military Unintentionally Encourages Dishonesty

The military may be inadvertently encouraging its servicemen and women to lie in order to meet mission requirements. A recent … Continued

Army War College Report Finds The  Military Unintentionally Encourages Dishonesty

The military may be inadvertently encouraging its servicemen and women to lie in order to meet mission requirements. A recent study from professors at the Army War College found that senior military leaders may have become “ethically numb” as they struggle to meet overwhelming demands under threat of ruining their reputations if they fail to meet their objectives.

The study noted that “words and phrases such as ‘hand waving, fudging, massaging, or checking the box’ would surface to sugarcoat the hard reality that, in order to satisfy compliance with the surfeit of directed requirements from above, officers resort to evasion and deception. … in the routine performance of their duties as leaders and commanders, U.S. Army officers lie.”

James Clark

James Clarkis the Deputy Editor of Task & Purpose and a Marine veteran. He oversees daily editorial operations, edits articles, and supports reporters so they can continue to write the impactful stories that matter to our audience. In terms of writing, James provides a mix of pop culture commentary and in-depth analysis of issues facing the military and veterans community. Contact the author here.

Do Not Sell My Personal Information