Morality: A Military Necessity


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In the early fifties we left San Diego for WesPac. The ship was a long hull Sumner class destroyer. We had eighteen “boots” aboard. We (probably the captain) decided that these young men needed to be protected, and should be informed of the facts of life. It was a three-pronged effort. The exec talked to the men in a fatherly sort of way about their mothers, their sisters, their hometown girlfriends, and their wives. This nostalgia was to protect them from waywardness. An “assigned” chaplain talked with them about absolute morality and sin. And finally, the medical officer and the corpsman taught them about condoms and “past event cleansing.” After this thorough instruction we arrived at Pearl Harbor, where all the old salts took the boots down to Hotel Street in Honolulu, got them drunk, and got each of them a woman. The training had left out the effects of peer pressure…

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Vincit qui se vincit

“He conquers who conquers himself.”

This essay was first written for the US Naval Institute Prize Essay Contest
several year ago. Our oldest son, Douglas, prepared it for submission and
aided with the Latin references.
Because of the gross moral lapses in the US Military in the last few years I
thought I should prepare it for distribution to our future leaders. Our
second son has prepared it for publication in this form.
It is dedicated
to the future military leadership

in the United States.

James I. Wilson, 2004

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