On this Tuesday of the First Week of Lent, I continue my journey through Scott Hahn’s book, Lenten Reflections from A Father Who Keeps His Promises.
“You’re a disgrace to the uniform!” The Dirty Dozen (1967)
When I was in the Navy, heavy emphasis was placed on presenting the right image, on representing the Navy and the U.S. with honor. While pulling into a foreign port on a destroyer, we were reminded that we were “showing the flag.” An officer who was drunk and disorderly on liberty might be charged with “conduct unbecoming an officer.” We were always cautioned to avoid any “appearance of impropriety.” Commendations rained on those who “reflected great credit” on the United States and her Navy. Conversely, punishment fell on those who dishonored the flag and “brought discredit to the Navy.”