Disobedience In Military

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Being married to a member of the armed forces I have been able to experience some of the stress related issues that our service members go through. Much of this stress comes from superior officers. Orders are given to lower ranking members that they sometimes do not agree with. However, our military members are taught to take orders from superior officers no matter if they agree with the orders or not. One of our military foundations is to obey. Soldiers are taught from boot camp to obey with no questions asked. If they don’t listen to orders given to them by superiors they are punished. When a solider commits a crime due to an order coming from a superior officer I believe that the superior officer should be at fault. When an individual …show more content…
From the very beginning military personal are taught to obey orders. Orders ranging from tie my shoe to orders that can sometimes be unlawful. Once an individual steps into boot camp all they receive is orders. For some individuals this can cause fear. Fear of the consequences for not following orders and fear of not being accepted. In fact if orders are given by superior officers and those orders are not followed it is a crime. In Article 90 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, “makes it a crime for a military member to WILLFULLY disobey a superior commissioned officer” (Powers). Also found under Article 90, it states that during times of war if a military member does not obey orders from a superior officer they can be sentenced to death. These rules alone can make any individual fear the consequences of not following orders. Not following orders can make some feel like they might not be accepted. Some individuals will go to great lengths to feel appreciated and acknowledged that they might not even think twice of what is being told of …show more content…
In the 1960’s an obedience study done by Stanley Milgram found that, when a normal person is asked to do something by a superior they will complete the job even if it means killing another human being. Milgrams also stated that, “finding regarding obedience the chaos, fear, and stress of combat (along with the military’s emphasis on obedience) and it is easy to see how civilians and other innocents are often deliberately killed in warfare” (Fichtelberg 129). The book goes on to explain how the stress of combat can make an individual completely different, most of the time acting on fear. Having all these different forces working together can only create

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