Congratulations to our newest and more than 22,000 active, drilling reserve and reserve full-time support First, Second, and Third Class Petty Officers! You are the core of our Navy’s work force, and you should be proud of your achievements! Many of you are at the infancy of your careers, while others are one step closer to becoming Chief Petty Officers and more. Regardless of where you are at, the promising future that is set before you couldn’t be any brighter.
As you assume greater responsibilities with each and every promotion, know that the expectations to act in complete alignment with the standards set before you become less tolerable to lapses in judgement. You have achieved this important milestone in you careers and you did so with the help and support of many. You are not alone as you continue to progress, and neither are those who benefit from your leadership, expertise and dedication. They too will progress in this mutually-beneficial state that enables us to bring out the absolute best in all of us.
As our newest Petty Officers are being advanced throughout the Navy based on the recent results, it seems advancement season is a good time for all of us to remember the Navy’s Core Values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.
HONOR: I will bear true faith and allegiance ...; accordingly, we will: conduct ourselves in the highest ethical manner in all relationships with peers, juniors and seniors; be honest and truthful in our dealings with each other and with those outside the Navy; be willing to make honest recommendations and accept those of junior personnel; encourage new ideas and deliver the bad news, even when it is unpopular; abide by an uncompromising code of integrity, taking responsibility for our actions and keeping our word; fulfill or exceed our legal and ethical responsibilities in our public and personal lives twenty-four hours per day. Illegal or improper behavior, or even the appearance of such behavior, should not be tolerated. We are accountable for our professional and personal behavior. We will be mindful of the privilege to serve our fellow Americans.
COURAGE: I will support and defend ...; accordingly, we will have: courage to meet the demands of our profession and the mission when it is hazardous, demanding or otherwise difficult; make decisions in the best interest of the Navy and the Nation, without regard to personal consequences; meet these challenges while adhering to a higher standard of personal conduct and decency; be loyal to our Nation, ensuring the resources entrusted to us are used in an honest, careful and efficient way. Courage is the value that gives us the moral and mental strength to do what is right, even in the face of personal or professional adversity.
COMMITMENT: I will obey the orders ...; accordingly, we will: demand respect up and down the chain of command; care for the safety, professional, personal and spiritual well-being of our people; show respect toward all people without regard to race, religion or gender; treat each individual with human dignity; be committed to positive change and constant improvement; exhibit the highest degree of moral character, technical excellence, quality and competence in what we have been trained to do. The day-to-day duty of every Sailor is to work together as a team to improve the quality of our work, our people and ourselves.
Congratulations to our newest Petty Officers! I wish you continued success!