thus are considered when officers are evaluated
for reports of fitness.
results; many are industrious. The effectiveness
of the work serves as a measure of their
ABILITY TO MAKE DECISIONSThey
evaluate information, analyze the problem, and
then integrate the two into a sound and incisive
decision. (This is closely allied to achievement.)
BREADTH OF VISIONThey bring to
the profession a knowledge of all the political,
social, scientific, economic, and military com-
ponents that impinge upon the Navy.
PERSONAL APPEARANCEThey take
pride in every detail of their personal appearance.
MILITARY BEARINGThey conduct
themselves in a professional military manner
afloat or ashore, 24 hours a day, every day.
MENTAL ALERTNESSThey give
continual attention to detail coupled with an
awareness of the big picture.
ABILITY TO EXPRESS SELFThey
express themselves clearly orally and in writing
to communicate their ideas and decisions.
CONTACTS WITH PEOPLE OUTSIDE
THE SERVICEThey have contact with people
outside their profession through participation in
personal activities and interests. Officers who
allow themselves and their interests to become
completely involved with their profession will find
they have exhausted their potential growth.
BEING A GOOD SHIPMATEThey do
not lose sight of their relationships with others
in the Navy. They realize they cannot function
alone and can be effective only through others.
IMAGINATIONThey use their im-
agination and initiative to improve the task
performance of their entire unit as well as their
own performance. A fitness report that states
This officer performs all ASSIGNED duties in
an excellent manner could easily describe an
officer who has stopped growing.
KNOWLEDGE OF THE JOBThey
have a complete mastery of their job plus a
detailed knowledge of all its responsibilities,
including those of subordinates.
MANNER OF PERFORMANCEThey
know themselves, the job, the enlisted personnel,
and the immediate situation. They use four
approaches to get the job done: (1) personally do
it, (2) drive others to do it, (3) inspire others to
do it, or (4) combine the three in the best manner.
SOCIAL GRACEThey know the rules
of social etiquette, such as which fork to use; but
more importantly, they know how to show a
sincere interest in the people they meet.
SENSE OF HUMORThey keep every-
thing in the proper perspective; they distinguish
between the important and the trivial.
PERSONAL BEHAVIORThey reflect
integrity and honor in every facet of their
The Navy established a set of core values to
encourage personnel to make a commitment to
personal excellence. These core values consist of
Navy traditions and values that are in consonance
with our national values. In October of 1987 the
Navy appointed a team of reviewers to determine
what these values should be. The team interviewed
more than 100 sailors representing all com-
munities, all fleets, and numerous positions within
the chain of command. The team asked these
sailors to do the following:
Describe tough situations that posed
values conflicts or ethics dilemmas.
Characterize those persons they admired
most and least in the Navy.
Discuss in very real terms the values that
the Navy represents.
you can imagine, these interviews produced
enlightening accounts and personal insights, most
of which revolve around a set of common themes.
They named the following values as those most