Loose Discipline a Major Factor of US Military’s FailuresPosted: June 25, 2017
USS Fitzgerald’s recent accident US military’s serious discipline problems so that such accident may have occurred for a warship with the most advanced equipment to avoid such accident. The crew simply were not on duty or were sleeping on duty so that they were not alert enough to avoid such an accident.
Moreover, any navy that has imposed some discipline shall immediately arrest the captain and the officer in charge of navigating the warship. Some countries’ military may have them court marshaled and put to death as their negligence has caused the death of US sailors in peace time.
Their negligence in causing death of their crew members have to be punished severely but US Navy does not seem willing to do so. US Navy is conducting an investigation. For what? Even if the accident was caused by malfunction of equipment, the officers had still to be held responsible. They had their duty to find the malfunction and take remedy measures immediately. The investigation is carried out to find some excuse to protect the negligent officers! Usually officers want to protect their peers. The highest command shall have taken immediate measures to impose discipline and arrest the guilty officers. The lack of discipline is a serious problem in US troops, which proves the poorest training in a military with the best equipment. No wonder, US troops have suffered one failure after another.
Article by Chan Kai Yee