Consequences

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September 14, 2008 9:06 a.m.

Yesterday I asked what consequences John MccCain might face for repeated instances of lying if he were still in the Navy. The UCMJ covers official lies and, more generally, immoral conduct. But there’s also the US Naval Academy Honor Concept. The USNA makes clear it’s not a ‘code’, in that it’s not a specific set of rules but a general statement of moral conduct. But in the more colloquial sense most of us understand, it’s the Academy’s honor code, the rules of conduct midshipman are supposed to live by and against which they are judged.

The first two lines of the Concept are …

Midshipmen are persons of integrity: They stand for that which is right.

They tell the truth and ensure that the full truth is known. They do not lie.

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