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Honor Concept

The Honor Concept[1] and Honor Treatise are parts of the United States Naval Academy's Honor Program. Similar to the Cadet Honor Codes of the United States Military Academy and United States Air Force Academy, the Concept formalizes the requirement for midshipmen to demonstrate integrity while refusing to lie, cheat or steal.[2]

The Treatise adopts the use of first-person point of view, becoming a personal call to obey the letter and spirit of the Concept amongst midshipmen of the brigade.[3] The United States Coast Guard Academy utilizes a similar Honor Concept to impart the same call to integrity for its corps of cadets.[4]

Unlike the other service academies' honor codes, the Honor Concept allows a midshipman to confront someone committing an honor violation without formally reporting it. At the other academies, failure to formally report an honor violation is construed as tolerating it, which is itself a violation of the code.

Penalties for violating the Honor Concept can be severe, up to and including expulsion from the Academy.

Midshipmen are persons of integrity: We stand for that which is right. We tell the truth and ensure that the full truth is known. We do not lie. We embrace fairness in all actions. We ensure that work submitted as our own is our own, and that assistance received from any source is authorized and properly documented. We do not cheat. We respect the property of others and ensure that others are able to benefit from the use of their own property. We do not steal.
—Honor Concept, USNA Brigade Honor Program[2]

History

The principles of the Honor Concept are as old as the Academy itself, revolving around the principle that an officer's word is his bond. However, examination of the past academy honor practices by 1953 USNA class president Ross Perot discovered "no uniform policy for dealing with midshipmen who had violated their class's conception of honor."[5] While admitting to irreverence as an "inescapable trait of midshipmen," brigade leaders like Perot, William P. Lawrence and James Sagerholm worked with Brigade Captain Charles Dobony and academy superintendent Harry W. Hill to create the Honor Concept.[6]

Notes

  1. ^ Shaw, Steven. "Naval Academy Honor Concept Strays From Roots". Retrieved 1 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Honor Concept, USNA Brigade Honor Program website
  3. ^ Honor Treatise, USNA Brigade Honor Program website
  4. ^ Honor Concept, USCGA website, Cadet Life section
  5. ^ Gelfand, Sea change at Annapolis, p. 191
  6. ^ Gelfand, p. 192

References

  • Gelfand, H. Michael; introduction by  
  • "Honor Concept". Brigade Honor Program website. Annapolis, Maryland: United States Naval Academy. Retrieved May 26, 2009. 
  • "Honor Treatise". Brigade Honor Program website. Annapolis, Maryland: United States Naval Academy. Retrieved May 26, 2009. 
  • "Honor Concept". Cadet Life section. New London, Connecticut: United States Coast Guard Academy. Retrieved May 26, 2009. 
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