Are the Consequences for Soliders Who make Mistakes Too High- or a Little Too Low?

Some intriguing stories of culpability have surfaced from the military in recent years. If a soldier makes a mistake, there are often two repercussion sides. The first is that the repercussions are huge and dramatic. Media gets a hold. The thing takes off into frenzied levels of controversy. The other “side” is vastly more common. Very little can happen. The entire situation is pushed aside with zero or marginal consequences and no media attention. These are military professionals, after all.

The Basis of the Argument

The two distinctive sides tend to be at odds. It is important to make a clear note of the basic argument here. The underlying concern is whether the public expects too much from its military. A simple answer could be yes. The military goes through so much, and soldiers have to deal with dramatic scenarios every day.

Many soldiers come back home with an inability to connect with people in simple ways due to what they witnessed on the field. It’s unrelatable. The culture does expect too much because these people are pushed to the absolute limits.

The argument can be returned pretty quickly. Some argue that the soldier has to be held completely accountable on the field because of the dire nature of their situation. These are lives at stake. Nothing is more serious than that, and the repercussions for a mistake should be intensified.

In simpler terms, there is no room for error of judgment. The link at explores this argument further.

The Truth in the Middle

The reality is likely right in the middle. It is up to the larger culture as a whole to try to stabilize a balance between what the military does and how it should be held accountable for mistakes. Are the consequences lowered for a military that makes mistakes? Should they be? The fallacy is the military puts their lives on hold and at risk to uphold ideals and beliefs.

The consequences could be levied. The argument is how or at all. This will be the big debate as the military continues to prosper under an administration that has promised such. Everyone knows that the military, and every individual, should be held accountable. The question is not a matter of if, but how.