THE TRUE MEANING OF THE PHRASE "AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN"
By Lieutenant (j.g.) H.E. Dow, U.S.N.R.F.
An officer is, from his position, a leader of men. He must show in himself such qualities as he desires to bring out in those under his leadership. A gentleman is exactly what the word signifies, a gentle man.
In the Articles for the Government of the Navy are found the following words:
The commanders of all fleets, squadrons, naval stations, and vessels belonging to the navy are required to show in themselves a good example of virtue, honor, patriotism, and subordination.