Scenario. The Army is faced with two challenges. First, post-Afghanistan everything, from burnt out kit to burnt out troops. Second, the Army is still afflicted with a Harper, which effectively means being tarted-up for parades and photo-ops but having the very basics like new trucks and post-service welfare denied like some trophy partner shown off in public but beaten and starved at home.
The Army solution, as reported in the media, is for the commander of the Army to say from on high unto the troops, "Complain, and I'll fuckin' charge ya!"
This is what is "hurting the army".
IF, and a big IF, this isn't part of some overall strategy (clearly off to a roaring start) aimed at consolidating Army morale and cohesion in the face of the aforementioned challenges, it's a problem and a serious one. Some officers and non-commissioned types have a Pavlovian tendency to mindlessly "lead" by threat. There is no problem too great or complex, apparently, that more "discipline" cannot solve. In fact, they never ever want to hear of any problem of any nature, so when someone raises an issue even when asked, they flip and threaten that person instead of dealing with the issue. Beware anyone suggesting that conditions are anything but rainbows and lolipops.
There's few things more toxic for morale and motivation than a leadership style that is based solely on this raw prerogative to punish. However, the troops aren't stupid and ours is a volunteer army. Many soldiers have one, two, three combat tours behind them. They aren't afraid of charges or Club Ed and their BS detectors are state of the art. Too much of this bullshit, and they will exit, voice themselves louder, and find ways of undermining a clueless leadership.
Troops going to the media about conditions in the Army indicate a leadership failure.