“Drive safe,” “Do it safely,” “Be careful,” and myriad other admonishments come from the mouths of Navy leaders every day. Is our sage wisdom and timely application of vague generalities saving the day and preventing sailors from driving recklessly, doing things in a hazardous fashion, or being risky? Or are Navy leaders indoctrinated into a system in which they know they must voice the idea of safety and the importance of safe operations, but are not sure what that looks like and so administer a scripted dose of safety lip service to cover the bases?
Don’t Pay Lip Service to Safety
By Lieutenant Commander Travis TJ “Tipper” Hartman, U.S. Navy