The U.S. Naval Academy seems to have become a feeding zone for the press, for virtually every incident—minor or major—has made its way to the front page of The Washington Post. Why is this happening? The issues are complex; nevertheless, the Naval Academy too often has placed itself at the center of plots that run contrary to the goals and traditions of the institution. Sexual misconduct, harassment, cheating, and run-ins with the law do little to uphold the traditionally superb reputation of the Naval Academy.
Fortunately, the current leadership at the Academy is fighting this drift aggressively by demanding rigorous adherence to the essentials of military discipline and absolute responsibility for one’s own actions. Sadly, there is still a lot of luster to restore to the Academy’s once-shining reputation, and the turnaround may take some time.