Monday, February 17, 2014
The Naval Officer
As the Officer Fact Book, NAVPERS 15898, states, the naval officer is above all a leader--responsible for directing the human effort of an organization and for property and lives. The naval officer is a planner, responsible for large scale mobilization and world-wide logistic programs and operations. He is an administrator concerned with thousands of people, millions of dollars worth of material, and extensive facilities. He is an industrialist, a comptroller, a diplomat; a good manager of men and equipment, an exemplary ambassador of democracy in all parts of the world. He is always a student. His opportunties for experience are varied, and for education they are limitless. As he improves in his job, he improves the naval service and contributes to the welfare of the nation and the world.
Above all, the naval officer is a leader, in all the moral, psychological, and managerial meanings of the term. His leadership is expressed by precept and example, by planning, and by action within the greatest Navy of all time -- a Navy that numbers its officers, enlisted personnel, and civilians in the hundreds of thousands, its operations in the complexities of tens of thousands of organizations and activities.