The July Proceedings column from Lieutenant (junior grade) Steven A. Rho, “We Need Something to Believe In,” was startling in its candor, an indication that many sailors must wonder about their purpose in the Fleet. For most of us that something to believe in is obvious, but this young officer tells us not everyone has found that sense of purpose, and his words should lead us toward personal and organizational introspection.
Lieutenant Rho’s essay is a wake-up call that our training establishment is not effectively educating sailors about their individual and collective roles in our missions. Additionally, we obviously lack effective internal public relations to reinforce these lessons. The problem includes a Navy recruiting slogan that does not resonate with the force. Doing good globally is part of our purpose, but too few sailors are routinely involved in those operations for the slogan to truly mean anything to them.