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Flash point: Being too risk-averse: Why it's hurting the Navy: Proponents say officials' push for politi... #navy

Why it’s hurting the Navy: Proponents say officials’ push for political correctness distracts officers and sailors from their true goal — war fighting. They also argue that the Navy, which hasn’t fought a powerful fleet in nearly seven decades, is shaped by a bureaucracy that favors those without flaws over those with more daring. “We’re retaining people that are comfortable in a no-risk atmosphere, as opposed to the people who take calculated risks,” said former Navy Secretary John Lehman. Key stat: Lehman cites the high number of skipper reliefs — 25 last year — in a small fleet as evidence that officials are going too far. “You don’t necessarily throw a leader out of the Navy because he had one or two beers and got Breathalyzed,” he said. Counterpoint: Society no longer tolerates those who are rude or offensive to others, just as it no longer tolerates drunk drivers. Mo...

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