Posted by: Democratic Thinker | March 11, 2015

Study: Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession


Professors at the U.S. Army War College publish a study which finds ethical and moral problems throughout the entire U.S. military, not just in the Army.

One of the hallmarks of a true profession is its ability to assess and regulate itself, specially with respect to adherence to its foundational ethos. Such self-examination is difficult and often causes discomfort within the profession.


Strategic Studies Institute.


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Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession

Authored by Dr. Leonard Wong, Dr. Stephen J. Gerras.

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  • Added February 17, 2015
  • Type: Monograph
  • 53 Pages
  • Download Format: PDF
  • Cost: Free

Brief Synopsis

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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.

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A tip o’ the hat to War on the Rocks.

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