Annual Army survey indicates decline in soldier morale
Soldiers cite failings of senior officers and some worry service might be going 'soft'
Only 25 percent of soldiers think the Army is headed in the correct direction, The Boston Globe reported, citing results of a soldier survey.
The survey, ordered by the Center for Army Leadership at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas, also found that one in four troops serving in Afghanistan rated morale either “low” or “very low,” the Globe reported.
The Globe reported that researchers of the annual survey noted the "most common reasons cited for the bleak outlook were 'ineffective leaders at senior levels,' a fear of losing the best and the brightest after a decade of war, and the perception, especially among senior enlisted soldiers, that 'the Army is too soft' and lacks sufficient discipline.”
The results indicating a "crisis in confidence" will challenge Army leaders, already struggling with the impacts of budget cuts and a shrinking Army, the Globe wrote in its report on Army morale survey results.
Source: The Boston Globe