McHugh, Others, Address Officers’ Dishonesty

Soldiers in formation

The recent monologue published by the Strategic Studies Institute at the U.S. Army War College which reports on the willingness of military officers’ to lie, discussed in a recent post here at Army Ethics, has gotten the attention of Army leaders and ethicists, as it should. If the report is just pushed aside, it will have brought no benefit to the military other than to publicly air our dirty laundry. Used as a launching point for further discussion and development as a profession, however, this monologue’s value will be clear.

Army Times reports on some of the reaction the research has garnerned and offers some suggestions for a way forward. This Times article can also be used by lower-level leaders to begin discussion in their formations about how officers and Soldiers can consistently do the right thing, even if the results of doing what is right is not always pleasant. Not until military personnel at every level are willing to live by the values of their service, will their subordinates and the American public at large be able to fully trust them with their lives and the lives of their sons and daughters.

Read the Army Times article by clicking on the following link. Using your browser’s “back” button will bring you back to the Army Ethics website.

Army Secretary McHugh, Ethics Experts Tackle Report on Officers Lying




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