Ian Langford - Guarding against moral drift
Debriefing and understanding lessons, the challenge is always in applying those lessons to improve the system or the outcome or make repeatable, perhaps, the ability to survive and learn from those sorts of experiences, so how you systemize it. I think the unity of purpose and the understanding of the higher purpose is what acts as a protective mechanism.
When people are in unusual circumstances, it's not clear to them what, you know, this version of right is versus that version of right and they need to rely on what is core to their mission, as in C O R E. This is about giving them the skills to discern quickly in all circumstances what the higher purpose is and the importance and value of their part of operating in that team in those circumstances. And that's a really important, I think, protective function and the essence of how you apply that is through leadership.
And so again, the focus that the Army has on training our leaders and supporting all of our people to lead regardless of rank or appointment. If you're a number one scout infantry section, you have a leadership responsibility, that is different to the corporal section commander. But nonetheless, you still have to lead and being able to give people the confidence and agency to lead when the requirement and the need is there without having to rely on rank or appointment is really important. Again, it's that element of being able to trust and expect our people to do the right thing in various stages of operation with or without supervision that our training system is responsible for in terms of preparing people for these sorts of activities.