Throughout its history, the Navy has met all its challenges with success. The United States naval service began during the American Revolution, when on October 13, 1775; the Continental Congress authorized a few small ships be constructed. These small ships created the Continental Navy. Commodore Esek Hopkins was appointed commander in chief and 22 officers were commissioned, including The famous Captain, John Paul Jones.
From the very beginning of naval service, certain key principles or core values have carried on to today. They consist of three basic principles, HONOR, COURAGE AND COMMITMENT.
Those three words are the backbone of every man and woman, officer or enlisted who has served or is serving in the United States Navy. Values are defined as ideals, beliefs, customs, or principles that a person holds dear. Values are learned and picked up throughout our lives. Here’s what I, a US Navy sailor, think of these values. Honor to different people can mean completely different things, so it’s almost impossible to come up with one solid definition of what honor is.
To some people being a brave soldier and dying for your country is honorable. For others, it’s being a missionary in a poor African country. While the deeds that are considered honorable may be different, I think it all goes back to my point of being an individual and doing what you think is right.
Those missionaries don’t go to Africa for a vacation. They go there to bring the word of God. Those soldiers, sailors, marines and airmen aren’t out there dying for no reason, they are risking their lives to ensure America stays free. While those instances maybe different, they have one thing in common, and that is that in both instances the actions are done because of some moral conviction to do what is right. These people are few and far between these days, and it’s really a breath of fresh air to see people with some kind of morality these days. Courage comes from the strength of mind or will. Physical courage depends on one’s physical strength. A weak; and sickly person is hardly seen to be physically courageous. Because his ill health does not permit him to take an aggressive view in life, although he may be mentally bold. But a person, who is bold and strong, both in body and mind, is normally found to be courageous.
The question of physical courage arises in the event of any danger or difficulty that suddenly appears, when imme¬diate protection or security from that fear of massacre or destruction demands physical courage. Commitment means giving a piece of ourselves in what we do. It sounds simple but it is not. It’s not simple, nor is it obvious. The obviousness got lost in the dominance of the “everyone for his or her self” discourse. For those who can not give that piece of his or herself in his or her actions, it is difficult to understand why some of us do commit ourselves.
Often we even cannot give a exact reason of why we are committed. Commitment must be experienced and not explained that is why my explanation here, can never match the experience of commitment. We must always abide by an uncompromising code of integrity, taking responsibility for our actions and keeping our word. We shall earn respect up and down the chain of command. Be honest and truthful in our dealings with each other, and with those outside the Navy. Accordingly, we shall conduct ourselves in the highest ethical manner in all relationships with peers, superiors and subordinates.