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In the US Military academies the concepts of how to produce “leaders” are still connected to the 18th century where privilege ruled and it is therefore not surprising at all when those who learned to abuse their power as cadets will often behave in the same manner when they are Generals. Above all, leadership is best taught by example and that has to start when training officers. I predict that a change in leadership training at the academies would cut down the cases of sexual harassment in the US Armed Forces by at least half in several years. A course in ethics for a Colonel will help little because his command culture has already been established."

The author lays the blame at the feet of the Academies and their culture. I am inclined to agree. He doesn't spare ROTC - he notes that ROTC culture is influenced by the academies, not vice-versa, and fixing the one will flow naturally, over time, to the other.

Taken from here, at The Bridge: This post was generously provided by Jörg Muth, PhD, the author of Command Culture: Officer Education in the U.S. Army and the German Armed Forces, 1901-1940, and the Consequences for World War II. Command Culture is on the professional reading lists of the US Army Chief of Staff and of the US Army Maneuver Center of Excellence. The Commandant of the Marine Corps made it required reading for all intermediate officers and all senior enlisted marines.