In a response to the nearly weekly firing of Navy commanders, the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral Gary Roughead has issued a memo making clear his requirements for those officers leading the Navy. He highlights ethics and personal responsibility, which should be no-brainers for military leadership. At the current pace, the Navy is set to meet or exceed the record 26 commanders fired in 2003. Just over halfway through the year, 14 commanders have lost their jobs in 2011, compared to 17 for the entire year of 2010.
The latest Navy leader to find himself in need of a new position is Commander Karl Pugh, who was relieved of command last week for drunken antics during a Bahraini deployment.
Will this new memo lead to fewer individuals being relieved of duty or more? Time will surely tell.