- The Washington Times - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Army has retracted its newly published manual for soldiers on “cultural and situational understanding” after a BuzzFeed report raised questions about plagiarism and flawed information.

The Army Training Program (ATP) 3-24.3 manual, produced by the U.S. Army’s Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, contained the military’s doctrine for soldiers dealing with non-American cultures, BuzzFeed reported.

“After taking a closer look at the content in ATP 3-24.3, we have pulled the ATP from circulation and it is no longer an approved doctrine publication,” said Bill Ackerly of the Mission Command Center of Excellence at Fort Leavenworth. “The ATP will not be re-released until the content issue has been resolved.”

Anthropologists and military experts reviewed the 55-page document and found it contained stereotypical and out-of-date explanations of differing cultures, as well as at least a dozen instances of plagiarized text, BuzzFeed reported.

“The money would be better spent on Lonely Planet guides,” cultural anthropologist Roberto Gonzalez of San Jose State University told the news website. “It’s a relief to hear that the Army retracted the manual, but it does raise questions about how many more pieces of flawed or dangerous doctrine continue to exist.”

The Army plans to reissue the manual at an undetermined date, once it deals with the issues identified by critics, Mr. Ackerly told BuzzFeed.

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