- By Thomas E. RicksThomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at email@example.com.
Two retired officers argue in the July issue of ARMY magazine that this may be so. “Common occurrences in the military that challenge soldiers’ truthfulness include travel documents, recruiting promises, household goods claims, recurring reports (inventories, sensitive items, training and readiness), proficiency tests, information on friends and leave days used,” write Joe Doty and Pete Hoffman.
They add, “the more people lie, the easier it gets.”
By the way, ARMY is consistently the most interesting and thoughtful of the service magazines nowadays. I say this with a bit of surprise because it used to be a distant third to Proceedings and Marine Corps Gazette.