Take a look at the quote from the article again:
The commanders discharged were not directly involved in cheating but are said to have failed in their leadership duties. The navy also plans to
discipline dozens more junior officers for allegedly sharing answers on important proficiency exams - See more at:
The COs themselves were not cheating.
Those under them were cheating.
This is how military structure works: You are responsible for the actions of those under your command.
The commanding officer at a command is responsible for EVERYTHING that happens with that command. He or she is responsible for making sure all
training programs are in place, up to date and being followed. They are responsible for ALL safety procedures to be put into place and followed. To
If anything goes wrong. Anything happens, and it's a major issue, that commanding officer can expect to loose their job.
I've seen it happen during my time in.
A US naval ship runs aground on a sand bar, and needs assistance getting off of it. Guess what? That CO is going to be commanding a desk after that.
Even if he was not on the bridge. It's because all those under him or her are suppose to know how to do their job. If they are being trained and that
training kept up, they won't normally run the ship aground.
A major explosion happens at a weapons facility. Investigation shows that safety procedures were not being followed, or proper storage of the
Guess what is going to happen to the commanding officer of that facility? You guessed it: they're going to be canned.
A bunch of junior officers are caught cheating on exams. Guess who is ultimately held responsible? Yes sir, the commanding officer.
Oh, but it won't just be them that get's fired or has their rear end busted.
As the old saying goes: The poop rolls down hill.
Now, I can see how this would smell to some on here. Sounds like a nice, juicy conspiracy. It's a purge!
But think about it. Do you really want people commanding facilities where they are allowing this to go on? Do you really want a commanding officer
with such responsibility to not be paying attention to what is going on in their command?
If they are not paying attention to those things......what else are they letting slide? What else are they not enforcing?
Again: a commanding officer of a facility, a base, a ship, you name it, is completely responsible for those under their command.
28-3-2014 by eriktheawful because: (no reason given)