This is the essence of the special trust and confidence placed in an officer's patriotism, valor, fidelity and abilities.
Every day in command tests the strength of character, judgment and professional abilities of those in command. In some cases, Commanders will be called upon to answer for their conduct in a court of law. In all cases, they will be professionally judged by seagoing officers -- a far more stringent accountability in the eyes of those who follow the sea.
We in the Navy would have it no other way, for the richest reward of command is the personal satisfaction of having measured up to this responsibility and accountability.
From the CNO's Memorandum For All Flag Officers and Officers in Command of 2 October 1976.