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21 — and some questions

No. 21 for year: The commander of the Naval Shipyard at Norfolk, Virginia, was bounced for “conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.” Apparently he had a lousy command climate. This move kind of had been expected since he was put on the shelf in May. His predecessor also had been relieved. Is something going ...

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No. 21 for year: The commander of the Naval Shipyard at Norfolk, Virginia, was bounced for "conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman." Apparently he had a lousy command climate. This move kind of had been expected since he was put on the shelf in May.

His predecessor also had been relieved.

Is something going on the Navy this year? Are captains screwing up more, or are standards being enforced more rigidly? Anyway, I am glad to see accountability being enforced, if that is what is going on.

No. 21 for year: The commander of the Naval Shipyard at Norfolk, Virginia, was bounced for “conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.” Apparently he had a lousy command climate. This move kind of had been expected since he was put on the shelf in May.

His predecessor also had been relieved.

Is something going on the Navy this year? Are captains screwing up more, or are standards being enforced more rigidly? Anyway, I am glad to see accountability being enforced, if that is what is going on.

Also, I wonder if anyone has studied the pattern of reliefs. How many are Naval Academy graduates, and how many are prior enlisted?

If anybody from the Navy reads this blog (besides SEALs, I know some of youse do), I’d especially welcome your comments.

(HT to RD)

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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