Monday, June 18, 2012
The high expectation of a Naval Officer is no more apparent than in the standard to which we hold those who occupy our pinnacle positions in the Navy, our Commanding Officers. The perception of poor judgment, lack of ethical conduct, or disregard for fair and equitable treatment of those in the Commanding Officer’s charge can lead to immediate relief. A larger consequence of the failure in legal and moral decision making is the erosion in that special trust and confidence in our military officers. This is possibly the most damaging consequence of immoral or unjust military leadership. Ultimately, a Naval Officer must make decisions that stand up to both legal and moral scrutiny.
Lieutenant James L. Hammersla III
Legislative Fellow to the 113th Congress