The Australian army released a public service announcement this week, and Lt. Gen. David Morrison does not mince words: If you’re sexist, you need to just get out.
“Those who think that it is okay to behave in a way that demeans or exploits their colleagues have no business in this army,” he says. “If that does not suit you, then get out. You may find another employer where your attitude and behavior is acceptable, but I doubt it.”
Morrison goes on to encourage soldiers who witness degradation or humiliation within their units to show moral courage and speak up.
“I will be ruthless in ridding the army of people who cannot stand up to its values,” he says. “The standard you walk past is the standard you accept.”
In the past weeks, U.S. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno has taken a more apologetic tack when answering for the Army’s sexual assault and harassment problem. He has said that leaders have failed to stamp out the scourge, and he and those under him take responsibility.
Morrison appears to be much more enthusiastic about holding his own soldiers’ feet to the flames. Which approach is more effective?