Let’s Educate Service Members on Professional Ethos

Let’s Educate Service Members on Professional Ethos
(AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

In this graduation season for U.S. military academies and commissioning sources, our nation’s newest officers are entering the service amid decreasing trust in the military and increasing discussion of extremism within the institution. Following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, in which some participants were veterans and active duty military members, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin ordered a Department of Defense (DOD) stand down to address the growing concern of extremism among military service members. Despite this department-wide training intended to focus on the meaning of military service and the oath we swear to protect and defend the Constitution, some leaders have equivocated on the problem of extremism in the ranks.

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