Over the past year, the USCGC Northland (WMEC-904) had a number of small lapses in discipline across a range of areas, including an intrusion alarm that did not work for several months yet no one mentioned it, a harassment incident in which a junior female Coast Guardsman had her passport picture shown around the crew because someone thought she was attractive, and liberty incidents involving alcohol—one of which ended in an arrest and discharge from the service. At first glance these were isolated incidents. Or were they?
It's All about the Bystanders
Why do highly trained and trusted people fail to act when witnessing misconduct or policy violations?
By Commander Holly Harrison, Lieutenant Commander Mike Sharp, and Senior Chief Albert Fernandez, U.S. Coast Guard