“The state of ethical conduct is abysmal. Few battalion commanders can afford integrity in a zero defects environment. Telling the truth ends careers quicker than making stupid mistakes or getting caught doing something wrong. I have seen many good officers slide into ethical compromise.”
Army Research Institute’s (ARI’s) command climate assessment, quoted in General Dennis J. Reimer, Chief of Staff, US Army, “Leadership for the 21st Century: Empowerment, Environment and the Golden Rule” ‐ 1996 Military Review Article.