AP Exclusive: Data shows Army forcing more soldiers out due to misconduct; war partly to blame

  • Article by: LOLITA C. BALDOR , Associated Press
  • Updated: February 17, 2014 - 7:48 PM

WASHINGTON — The number of U.S. soldiers forced out of the Army because of crimes or misconduct has soared in the past several years as the military emerges from a decade of war that put a greater focus on battle competence than on character.

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goserFeb. 17, 14 9:14 AM

The military does plenty of ethics training. The need is to get rid of problem service members in all branches. Another lecture or Power Point won't change someone whose character has been formed.

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mariezzFeb. 17, 1412:09 PM

At least part of the issue is the focus on "me" that we now see in our society. As long as something benefits "me", people can find ways to rationalize and justify ethical violations, or even to decide there isn't an ethical issue relevant to the behavior. This same attitude was at the root of problems on Wall Street that led to the 2008 financial collapse. We see it in parents who justify their children's cheating in the classroom and expect their children to not be punished for their unethical behavior. We see it in high level corporate executives who argue against regulation (for example, to protect drinking water sources), saying they can self-regulate, without having any intent to do so. These same people then violate reporting rules when they discover toxic chemicals are leeching into drinking water supplies, thereby putting hundreds of thousands at risk from those chemicals. We also see it in those who argue against the need for testing to establish the safety of chemicals, and thus, when they do endanger people (for example, drinking water), we have very little data regarding toxicity which makes decision making extremely difficult (for example, when can the population's drinking water supplies be declared safe). Finally, the percentage of the population which buys into the propaganda against the need for regulation, ethical standards, etc. (and thus votes in a way which discourages regulation, ethical standards, laws to protect the general population, etc.) is also complicit and contributes to this problem.

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Slider451Feb. 18, 14 1:08 PM

While service members are responsible for their own ethical choices, the culture of any organization starts at the top. For the military, follow the bars, leafs, eagles and stars to get to the root of the problem. As we say in the Army, "the unenforced standard becomes the new standard." i.e. NCOs not enforcing proper conduct by junior Soldiers; and officers failing to set the example in personal and professional conduct.

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