Recent integrity violations indicate a disintegration of values that could threaten Fleet readiness. Can commanding officers shape their Sailors' morality and character?
In the spring of 2008, two student aviators were taken to admiral's mast for several Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) violations stemming from an unauthorized flight in a Navy aircraft from Austin, Texas, to Naval Air Station, Kingsville, Texas. What made this particular case stand out was the ease with which the students lied to cover the violation. This incident, along with several other disturbing professional-conduct violations that occurred near the same time, prompted me to reflect on the issue of integrity and its value to our Navy and compelled me to search for a solution.