In a similar vein, Naval officers should never be in the business of writing their own personal awards for Fitness Reports/evaluations for approval by higher authority. Most can hide behind the idea of "I just provided bullet input." If your immediate boss doesn't know enough about your performance to write your award himself, maybe you shouldn't get one.
Paraphrased from Maj Gen Perry Smith's Assignment Pentagon
General George Washington said it best:
"Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called - conscience!"