But the Army has the thorny problem of its stated Values & Standards being a lot more severe; those we are discussing being most explicitly responsible for enforcing them; and them regularly enforcing the standards against their subordinates. Much more so than those other groups of organisations. It is the same problem, for example, that universities have worked themselves into by releasing pronouncements about how structurally racist they are, only to be sued because racism is illegal, and start furiously backpedaling.I would agree - but isn't restricted to the Army, or to Defence, it's quite widespread in the commercial world too from what I can see.
At the most basic level, it's a problem of hypocrisy, not comparison. You can't crow about leadership by example and holding yourself to a higher standard, while overtly failing to uphold that standard. That will breed more cynicism and discontent than never having the standard in the first place.
After nearly 15 years, I'm still amazed that this is not more clearly understood by ex- or serving officers as an immutable red line.