The old notion that personal behavior and values are irrelevant unless they have a direct impact on professional performance cannot coexist with a serious embrace of core values.
First was Tailhook, the seemingly endless naval toothache that refused to be pulled or filled. Then came Aberdeen, the Army's turn in the spite light for the sexual abuse of trainees. Then came Lieutenant Kelly Flinn, first female B-52 pilot, whom history will remember for the bombs she dropped not on some foreign enemy but on the Air Force. Then came the fall of Air Force General Joseph Ralston as the leading candidate for Chairman of the Joint Chiefs for an "indiscretion." The Marine Corps has had its "blood wings" made graphic by the thoughtful videotaping of events. So far, only the smaller Coast Guard has avoided being in the cross hairs—and no one is placing bets on its permanent invisibility.