Naval War College Review


Life at sea is a high adventure. The few young Americans who still go down to the sea in ships are usually rugged and outspoken in their own element. Seamen have traditionally enjoyed a high degree of tolerance coupled with a keen sense of justice. As a kinetic group, they respect authority and willingly follow the precepts of their shore bound superiors. This authority1 however, when it is abused or unreasonable, inculcates a spirit of disregard by the men who man the fleet ships. 1