This is the continuous development of an inner disposition and aspiration for excellence in service to something greater than oneself that exhibits itself through purposeful, principled and disciplined dedication to outward actions that embody the highest ideals expressed in the Navy ethic and core values.
As honorable servants to the Nation, Navy experts, and stewards of the Profession, Navy professionals are granted autonomy and entrusted by the American people to make discretionary judgment on their behalf. Guided by the Navy Ethic, they make decisions accepting prudent risk and take action with disciplined initiative under mission command. Military expertise enables Navy professionals to use their discretionary judgment daily to make the right decisions and take the right actions in complex situations that can mean life or death. Education, training, and experience in the four fields of expert knowledge enables Navy leaders to exercise discretionary judgments without close supervision.
The Navy Ethic guides Sailors’ and Navy Civilians’ discretionary judgments. When applying military expertise, Navy professionals repetitively make discretionary judgments, often with high moral implications and consequences. Sailors or Navy Civilians practice discretionary judgment daily guided by the moral principles of the Navy Ethic. The Navy Ethic guides discretionary judgment. The philosophy of mission command supports the Navy professional’s use of discretionary judgment by providing the common understanding of vision and intent that is necessary to make decisions accepting prudent risk and accomplishing the mission in the right way.
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