Sailors should behave better
July 3, 2008 · Updated 8:44 PM
The following is in regards to the shooting outside the night club in Oak Harbor. Being prior Navy myself, I find it extremely shameful that two sailors were involved in something like this.
This makes me very sad and very angry all at once. It saddens me because we are a small town and this is the military. Whether we like each other or not, were all working for the same goal and while that doesnt mean we all have to be friends, it does mean we all need to have professional respect for one another, both inside and outside of work. To be going around shooting our fellow sailors, accident or not, even just putting yourself in the situation where thats possible, is absolutely disgraceful.
But I think above all, it makes me angry. Angry that because of all the changes to make the Navy kinder and gentler, the level of professionalism in the Navy as a whole has dropped to a shocking low.
Everyones afraid to offend someone else because were forced to be politically correct and Heaven forbid you look cross-eyed at someone else because they just might pull the race or sex card on you. Little do they know, or perhaps little do they care, that they are setting the example for how those people will treat others of the same race or sex in the future.
Sailors today need to realize that they are not representing their state. They are not representing their county, their zip code, their area code. They are not representing their hood. Those incredibly petty things are left behind when you head off to boot camp.
We are all supposed to be representatives of the United States. Its no wonder other countries dont want democracy and dont want the United States meddling in their affairs. We cant even get our military to act professionally toward one another while were stateside let alone when theyre outside the country! Who would want that sort of government assisting them?
And no wonder terrorist organizations dont frequently attack us on our own soil. Its through no effort of the Department of Homeland Security and its through no effort of any other government agency. Were doing a perfectly fine job killing, and trying to kill, each other. Im sure they realize if they just give us enough time, well do it for them!
My views are not representative of my husbands, but I will never acknowledge another member of the military if they are not acting in a respectable manner. Our core values of honor, courage, and commitment have gotten lost somewhere, and its high time for a wake-up call. The saddest part of all, however, is that it probably wont happen.
After all were too afraid to offend someone.