Musings, leadership tidbits and quotes posted by a retired Navy Captain (really just a high performing 2nd Class Petty Officer) who hung up his uniform a bit too early (even at 30 years). The uniform is in the closet but, he still wears his Navy service on his sleeve. He needs to get over that. But, he just doesn't try hard enough. "ADVANCE WARNING - NO ORIGINAL THOUGHT!" A "self-appointed" lead EVANGELIST for the "cryptologic community". Keeping CRYPTOLOGY alive-one day and Sailor at a time.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Ages old problem
Remember that officers are people, just as the men and civilians are people. Among their numbers will be reflected to some degree, the weaknesses, as well as strengths, of the general public. But officers are most carefully selected before they are appointed. As a group, they should be FAR better than a cross-section of American citizens. We are well advised to remember that fact.
Some of the faults of these officers received prominence. We should candidly admit these faults. Unfortunately a few officers abused their positions, regarding their commissions as a means to personal gain and not as a means of greater service. Some were greatly inefficient. During the Navy's expansion, the selection process could not be airtight. Unduly rapid promotions placed some officers in positions of responsibility beyond their capabilities. Some were lazy and indifferent. The sum of such individuals would be a very small percentage of the many thousands of officers in the Navy. But the effects are serious and fine officers have suffered in the eyes of the general public.