Soon you are a participant in these infractions. "After all," you say, "Everybody's doing it."
All too soon you find yourself trapped. You no longer can stand on a favorite principle because you have strayed from it.
Finding no way out, you begin to rationalize, and then you are hooked.
The important fact is, the men who travel the path outlined above have misused the very basic quality and characteristic expected of a professional military man, or any other professional man for that matter.
They have compromised their integrity.
Admiral Arleigh A. Burke, NAVAL LEADERSHIP - Voices of Experience