This article very clearly demonstrates how current leadership, from the highest levels down, is being perceived, and it is deadly to the idea of "good order and discipline" in a military environment.
This Marine officer makes it clear that he considers the problem one of leadership. The tone of leadership is set at the very top and travels down to the lowest element. The Marine Corps, more than any other military service, has empowered low level leadership to the max. But if the tone of leadership is confusing, not clear, seemingly hypocritical, the exercise of leadership at every level will emulate that. The only exception is that stellar individual who refuses to allow his or her personal commitment to leadership to be dumbed down by what is going on around them.
The Biblical writer James, in chapter 4, verse 17 knew what he was talking about when he wrote: "Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin." Too many of we who know better are sitting on the sidelines silently watching the finest fighting force in the world being confused and disarmed ethically and morally. That's a sin.
Slide into mediocrity rocks Marines to corps
Thomas E. Ricks
Why are we getting out? It’s about the low standards.
We joined because we wanted to be part of an elite organization dedicated to doing amazing things in defense of our nation. We wanted to make a contribution to something great, to be able to look back at a decisive chapter in American history and say “yeah, I was part of that.” We joined the Corps because if we were going in to the fight, we wanted to serve with the best. …..(see link for rest of article)