Over the last several years I have noticed a divergence between our published core values and our modus operandi in the aviators’ wardrooms. Our mandatory “core values” training stresses honor, courage, and commitment. These are the do-as-I-say core values. We hold our enlisted troops to these standards, but aviators appear to follow a different code of ethics.
Navy Secretary John Dalton, in a recent message to newly commissioned naval officers wrote: “Loyalty up and down the chain of command is necessary but must never substitute for your personal responsibility to do the right thing, and it must never compromise the integrity of the Naval Service. Career concerns must never be an excuse for failing to live up to the requirement to serve honorably and with great personal character. Always be completely honest and never let a lie be passed up or down the chain of command.”