Why not do what the Marine Corps has done for years and make the Soldier accountable for his actions. They are adults! Some of whom are to end up in a combat zone within a relatively short period of time. They need to no longer be coddled, and ACT like an ADULT! Discipline for the military has it's foundations laid in boot camp. Take more time instilling it there, either by extending the time to Basically Train a Soldier, or stop watering down the standards.
Reinforcing discipline is a good start. There are other changes that need to be made though. Personal accountability is the first. Holding entire commands/theaters responsible for the actions of a few is demoralizing for all those who are doing the right things. It breeds a belief that it doesn't matter what one does they're going to get punished eventually. The second is the attitude of "Zero Defects" or as I called it, "One strike and your out" needs to go away. Granted, there are violations that are one-strike violations. However, back in my day, we used to be able to screw up pretty regularly and live to tell the tale. Ironically, discipline was pretty tough as was individual accountability.
While I agree dicipline has been in decline in certain areas, I agree with the previous notion: we are all adults. Dicipline is a self-instilled quality to be effective. Yes while the standard can be enforced- (and it should) some soldier AITs need creative approaches. Intelligence as an example: soldiers need to know and be enforced on basic standards, but they need a constructive open forum enviroment for development of critical thinking/analysis/ and addressing superiors on COA development. A DS style approach may very well hinder that environment/learning and negatively impact the MI warfighting function for the ranks to come.
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