CNO Reinforcing Ethics

Story Number: NNS140209-02Release Date: 2/9/2014 12:17:00 PM
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From Chief of Naval Operations Public Affairs

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) Adm. Jonathan Greenert released a video blog message Sunday reinforcing the Navy's commitment to ethics, particularly integrity.

Speaking about ethical failure and cheating on tests at the Navy's Nuclear Power Training Unit in South Carolina, Greenert said, "These events must serve to remind us that, although the vast majority of our Sailors live our navy ethos and core values, we must always remain vigilant to the potential to make mistakes. This is particularly critical when it comes to integrity."

"A failure of integrity undermines a unit's trust," said Greenert in his Ethics blog to Shipmates. "As Sailors, our very survival is founded on trust - it is the core of our success at sea - and has been for centuries."

Based on recent incidents across all the services there is an invigorated effort across the Department of Defense to reinforce ethics and service core values. Before the weekend, on Friday, in light of recent allegations of misconduct in the military services the Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced that a senior officer will be appointed to promote and enforce a culture of ethical behavior and good moral character. Additionally, DoD released last week further details into Hagel's ethics initiatives and orders to Navy and Air Force to conduct reviews of the nuclear enterprise.

During one of Greenert's three videos is this blog he explains what these reviews will look at within the nuclear enterprise. And in a second video he provided initial thoughts on what Navy leaders need to reinforce as they face a recent number of missteps.

"I don't think we have an ethics problem across the Navy. But I think we need to reinforce our core values and our core commitment to that," he said. "We need to talk about integrity."

Core values should be an everyday discussion, in every operating environment. The discussion should be active and reciprocal, Greenert stated.

Lastly in the video blog Greenert addressed what is expected from today's Sailor, be it senior or junior.

Senior leaders are especially tasked with upholding the example of strong core values to the junior sailors, said Greenert.

"What I expect from our leadership is honor, courage and commitment," said Greenert.

Commitment to the institution should be the basis of ethical decision making, said Greenert.

"When we raised our right hand we said, 'I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same' that means the institution," said Greenert. "We need to and we will remain vigilant. We will continue to drive home to our people the importance of integrity: the fact that it is the foundation of all that we do in the U.S. Navy."

Greenert's video blog can be viewed at

140204-D-NI589-203 WASHINGTON (Feb. 2, 2014) Chief of Naval Operations Navy Adm. Jonathan W. Greenert and Navy Adm. John Richardson, director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program, brief reporters at the Pentagon, Feb. 4, 2014, on the Navy's investigation into allegations of compromised test materials. DOD photo by Glenn Fawcett
February 4, 2014
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