Military attitudes toward decision-making
September 19, 2011 8:09 AM Subscribe
How do military attitudes about decision-making differ from civilian ones?
posted by stebulus to society & culture (13 answers total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
For example, I have sometimes seen military people portrayed in fiction as valuing speed of decision-making much more highly than civilians do, valuing it even over correctness, believing that it is better to do something flawed now than something better later. Is this accurate? Does it depend — on the type of decision, on whether it's in combat, on the position of the decider, on which service we're talking about? Are the lines drawn differently between rash, bold, prudent, timid? Are there standard ideas within military culture on this question — that is, do military people routinely characterize the difference between civilian and military decision-making in specific ways (leaving aside the question of whether those characterizations are accurate)? Anything else I'm neglecting to ask about?
I am particularly interested in anecdotes which shed light on attitudes.