Second Prize Winner: 2016 Leadership Essay Contest Sponsored with Dr. J. Phillip London and CACI International
Integrity Is Not Binary
Integrity is not black and white. Just as division officers perform zone inspections with their sailors to show what “right looks like,” we must inspect integrity to teach what is expected. (U.S. Navy/Irwin Sampage)
Throughout their most basic training, prospective division officers are repeatedly taught they must be persons of integrity. It is driven and rehashed to the point that it borders on cliché. Outside the training environment, however, integrity is discussed less often. Aside from the occasional indoctrination speech, it generally arises in the wake of something having gone wrong. It is almost never broached in a positive context. It would be unusual, for example, to cite someone’s integrity in an award write-up or a fitness report. It is simply assumed as a baseline qualification for the job.