In May 1989, Proceedings published my letter in its Comment & Discussion section ("Bulldog Ductus Exemplo —The Platoon Commander," pp. 28-29). I was a midshipman first class at the U.S. Naval Academy, and the letter was an assignment for a technical writing class (figured I ought to learn how to write properly prior to being commissioned). I was told that to get published I should choose a controversial topic, and mine was why mids had been doing poorly at The Basic School. The problem, I contended, was motivation—midshipmen who could not enter their first-choice communities were choosing to go Marine Corps to avoid being surface warfare officers (SWOs), because the image of a SWO at the academy back then was, to quote my original letter, of "fat, lazy coffee drinkers who lead a life that keeps them at sea and away from their family and friends." Well, I guess that was controversial enough because my letter made it into print.