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  1. This is a hot button issue for me. Political correctness gone too far. He is taking a ship to war to kill people on an industrial scale. I would bet he was/is very popular with the entire crew, including the females.

    The Captain’s bosses clearly knew what was happening back then. They are only doing something about it now because the bright light of the media has whipped up everyone’s emotions.

    To wreck a career, and loose his skills and knowledge base did not make America stronger.

    The command climate that lead to those videos is an issue. What of the prior ship commander when he was the XO? What of the Admiral or two who were on that ship at the same time? What of the 5 or 6 Chaplains on that ship who had to see those videos? Lack of comment on their part is complicity in the act. One goes down that long after the fact then they all go down for failing to take corrective action.

    I dealt with this none sense in an FST. Our solution was… “if it offends you then express yourself or move on.” Take it up with the Chaplain and we can have a civilized conversation.

  2. Yesterday I met a recently retired Navy aircrewmen at the car wash. While waiting we discussed CPT Honors. The navy guy said it was no big deal and that it helped moral on board. He said this is what goes on aboard while at sea. The navy is a sea creature all to itself. Maybe they need a little more adult supervision.

  3. Perhaps because of relative isolation, people think a ship is like Las Vegas. There is a commercial that has been running for the past couple of years with the tag line “what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas.”

    The fact that it took nearly a week for the top brass to relieve this joker of his command was also disheartening. But then, his boss at the time (I think he was then captain?) who is now an Admiral was well aware of the videos, and so, apparently was other upper management. So, I guess, admitting it is bad enough to relieve the one guy means there’s more to come and they are trying to figure out damage control.

    If this happened in the business world, he would not now be pushing paper; he would be re-writing his résumé.

  4. In the case of the officer relieved of his duties on the ship, although I do understand how humor is needed to maintain morale and I do think we sometimes are way overboard on the PC bit, this was certainly conduct unbecoming an officer and a leader of men.

    Mainly it is a sad loss. Obviously, this man had skills and talent which qualified him to lead a battleship. Years of training by the Navy, wasted. A career forever tainted. All due to an adolescent lack of judgment.

    I am constantly amazed at the stupidity of people, in the military and elsewhere, who make compromising videos and then have any expectation of privacy. Sexting has got to be the dumbest idea ever. Never mind this trend of baring one’s soul on social media, available to total strangers, possible and actual employers, electorates, the law, family, etc. Just leaves me scratching my head in bewilderment.

  5. I wonder how many of the young’uns know about Tailhook. I’m so glad that
    guy got busted–he knew what he was doing and he did it anyway.

  6. I am constantly surprised at the extent to which people (of all ages and walks of life) do not seem to understand the importance of context in relation to what and where they say and do things. That’s what it really gets down to: that ability to self-censor according to context.

    Adolescents and young adults seem to understand it, but just reject it – they don’t believe that they should make compromises for ‘society’, and that doing so constitutes superficiality and ‘fakeness’ in a Holden Caulfield sort of way. These are the children who don’t believe in sending thank-you notes for gifts (regardless of whether they liked them) just because it’s ‘polite’ and the recipients might appreciated it.

    Adults, however, have no excuse. When it occurs, this sort of behaviour seems to be due to either (a) a genuine lack of awareness that the rest of the group/audience doesn’t share the particular view/joke/language/whatever, or (b) a ‘I don’t give a sh!t – I think it’s funny!’ attitude. As your discussion would have no doubt noted, what is appropriate for locker rooms or fraternity parties is not necessarily appropriate for US Navy ships, etc.

    As usual — thank you for writing.

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