In the eighth episode of the HBO series Band of Brothers, Captain Dick Winters deliberately lies to his higher headquarters.

Ordered to plan and conduct a patrol to capture two German prisoners of war, Easy Company executes to near perfection, bringing home the prisoners but losing a man in the process. The mission was harrowing, all the more so because the soldiers of Easy Company can see the end of the war coming, they know there isn’t much time left.
Ordered to conduct a second patrol one night later, Captain Winters demurs. But he doesn’t voice his concerns to Colonel Sink. He doesn’t go over his boss’ head. He doesn’t seek outside help (likely none was available). He decides to lie. Easy Company won’t conduct the patrol, but he will report that they did.
The episode, titled "The Last Patrol," treats this decision sympathetically. Captain Winters asks, in one scene, why Colonel Sink wants another patrol after they lost a man the night before on an operation which netted two prisoners. He is told:
Honestly? Sink’s been on the phone all day bragging it up, he’s just showing off now. I don’t know, Dick, I don’t know what to tell you. You gave him a successful patrol, now he wants two.
Winters’ decision to disobey Colonel Sink’s order, played out in the scene immediately following this exchange, elicits smiles and sighs of relief from his men. The platoon leader – played by Colin Hanks – a straight laced product of West Point who’d only seen his first taste of combat the night before, looks initially troubled by this turn of events but nods in acquiescence as he watches his soldiers’ reaction to the news. Both he and Captain Winters are promoted the day after this phantom patrol, seemingly rewarded for their dishonesty.
Seventy years after this incident played out on the front lines of World War II, the Strategic Studies Institute this week released a thirty page report called "Lying to Ourselves: Dishonesty in the Army Profession."In the report, the researchers find that little has changed over the course of three quarters of a century – when officers are asked to do stupid shit, they will on occasion lie about it.
The report faults the sheer number of mandatory Army training requirements and quotes studies from 2001, 2002, and 2012. The timing of the studies themselves are illustrative. In 2001-2 we had not yet invaded Iraq and in 2012 we were gone. In between we had large numbers of soldiers in combat in two countries and anyone with any kind of sense was primarily concerned with mission accomplishment. No one had the inclination – or the time – to produce frivolous reports about subjects which were painfully obvious to the average company/battery commander.
As a battery commander I did the same calculations that the 2002 War College study did and came up with similar numbers: "Company commanders somehow have to fit 297 days of mandatory requirements into 256 available training days." My peers and I raised this up as an issue constantly. A friend of mine during a battalion training meeting listed about 10 things the battalion staff wanted our formations to accomplish and asked – politely at first – the Battalion Commander for his priorities. The battalion commander told him, sternly, that "everything is a priority." After some tense back and forth that same battalion commander reiterated that sentiment to us all. Everything is a priority.
After the meeting we commiserated amongst ourselves and filled in the second half of that sentiment: if everything is a priority, then nothing is.
I had another experience during that time in my career which helped shape my
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