I received my first copy of Proceedings in January 1962 and have been reading it ever since. Over those 50 years, successive editors have maintained a steady commitment to an open forum for discussion of the Sea Services. The themes have changed with the times, in terms of threats, technologies, strategy, and role of the Navy and Marine Corps within our larger society, but not the tone of Proceedings.
Then in the past decade the term “warrior” began to appear in articles, commentaries, and (always the most telling sign of any trend) advertisements. For 40 years, I read about sailors, Marines, and soldiers, their issues and challenges, but nothing that prepared me for the abrupt adoption of self-identification as warriors. In 1940, Samuel Eliot Morrison wrote John Paul Jones, a Sailor’s Biography. In 2006, the Naval Institute Press published Joseph Callo’s John Paul Jones: America’s First Sea Warrior—evidently considered an improvement on the simple use of the word “sailor.”