The U.S. Naval Academy does a fantastic job with its character and ethics development. It was not always that way, however. During the fall 1992 semester, there was a major cheating scandal that rocked the academy to its core. Electrical engineering always was seen as one of the toughest courses midshipmen had to take. Over the years, corners were cut, "gouge" was rampant, and eventually an escape hatch was found. A copy of a final exam was distributed and exploited by midshipmen. Over the next decade, the character and ethics development program at the academy evolved and grew into a separate center. The Naval Academy has come a long way in the past 13 years, and it turned bad events into something good. The fleet has not.
Nobody Asked Me, But Character Development Shouldn't Stop after Commissioning
By Lieutenant Francisco J. Alsina, U.S. Navy