Sprout
There is a cultural issue....
Fri Sep 29, 2017 8:51am
192.86.118.14

Especially among the commissioned officers from the youngest cadet all the way up to the guys with stars on their collars...

It is a spinal, knee-jerk, response to any order, or even PERCEPTION of an order from a higher rank. It is the heel snapping, "Yes SIR!!!!" and the perception, again especially within the officer corps, that anything less than a 100% 'can do' attitude is a failure to perform.

It is virtually a constitutional inability to say, "I don't have the resources to accomplish that task." Or "I need additional resources to accomplish that task."

They will run themselves to death (and run their subordinates to death as well) to prove that they CAN do it. And the harsh truth is that as long as the mission succeeds NOBODY up the chain of command wants to hear about the problems. If the mission succeeds the AAR (after action report) will talk only about how great things went, and if someone even STARTS to talk about the risks taken to accomplish it without the needed resources, they will be ignored because IT WORKED...

It is ONLY when people die DIRECTLY AND PROVABLY as a result that changes MIGHT be made... temporarily.