US Army has discipline problem

2011-10-05 22:09

Washington - The US Army's top commander in Europe says discipline among soldiers is a problem that if not addressed could become "cancerous".

Lt Gen Mark Hertling told a small group of reporters on Wednesday that only a small percentage of soldiers lack proper discipline, but he stressed his concern that it be fixed, now that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are winding down and more troops are returning to their home bases.

Hertling said soldiers need more training in the Army's professional values. And he said officers and commanders are guilty of too frequently overlooking what he called "acts of indiscipline".

He cited as an example a failure to adequately punish soldiers for offenses such as drunken driving.

And he said discipline problems exist across the Army.

  • kleinkoppi - 2011-10-06 06:04

    I work with them everyday and can say that there is a big percentage of them that is not well disciplined, and they drive like maniacs as well...

  • Badballie - 2011-10-06 10:06

    Government, especially the US government has been loosing the loyalty of its troops for years, as each scandal breaks the loyal troops realize the truth of their so called war on terror and the real reasons for their invasion of countries considered enemies of the 1%.

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