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In the Routledge Handbook of Military Ethics, edited by George Lucas, London: Routledge, 2015, pages 107-112.


U. S. government work.


First paragraph:

The U. S. military is among the most trusted of American institutions. The trust accorded to the U. S. Navy by the American people derives from our status as members of the military profession. Only to the degree that the Navy is, and is perceived to be, trustworthy can we maintain our status as the naval profession in American society.

Last paragraph:

Our official Navy ethos charges that:

We are patriots, forged by the Navy's core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment. In times of war and peace, our actions reflect our proud heritage and tradition.

Our goal, therefore, should be to establish a culture for Navy ethics such that we have confidence that every sailor--in every community--will henceforth fully embody, uphold, and operate from the naval service ethos and core values.