Thursday, May 29, 2014
The Standing of The Whole Is Essential
Character and standards of personal conduct remain of highest importance, as has always been true of military leaders. The effective naval officer of the present and future, like his brother of the past, must regard his commission as a career, not a mere job. He dedicates himself to the high ideals of military leadership. Some who receive commissions, all being human, will prove unequal to these standards. There have been a few unfortunate events of recent years, well known to most people, which have weakened the standing of the Armed Forces in the eyes of many people.
To whatever extent this feeling persists, to that degree the security of the nation has been compromised. People will not entrust willingly their sons or husbands to military leadership, even in time of emergency or war, unless they have abundant faith in the character as well as the professional competence of the great mass of military leaders. The presence of a few names of national prominence will not alone suffice. Ensigns and lieutenants are important, as captains and admirals are important. The standing of the whole is essential. Enlisted men will not willingly and effectively train or fight if they have doubts where there should be confidence.
From: The Naval Officer's Manual