Below is the executive summary of a new study from the War College that concludes many Army officers tell less than the whole truth. Since my son John III is an Army officer and West Point graduate and my father was an Army officer and my brother Karl is a retired Army officer, this bears closer review.
Frankly, if John III is the standard, he is “zero defects” about the truth and I know the same to be true with my brother. Theresa and I are Air Force and CAP and other family members are Air Force, but the indictment stands. The explanation currently stated is that there is so much bureaucracy with “zero defects” as the standard, that members are moved to the “pencil whip” and the “work around”. I find this to also be the case with the humble CAP auxiliary.
Actually, my admiration goes out to the War College for looking into the issue. The first step to truth is recognizing what the problem may be. Below is the excerpt from the War College web site.
The question nevertheless stands, can we be successful militarily if we tolerate the corruption of the lie?
Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession
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.