STANDARDS OF CONDUCT AND
Learning Objectives: When you finish this chapter, you
will be able to
Recall key points of the Standards of Conduct.
Identify the need for professional ethics.
The Department of the Navys ability to maintain
public confidence in its integrity is essential to the
performance of its mission. To help maintain that
integrity, all naval personnel must comply with the
following standards of conduct (table 1-2).
Avoid any action, whether or not specifically prohibited, that might result in or reasonably be expected to
create the appearance of the following:
Using public office for private gain
Giving preferential treatment to any person or entity
Impeding government efficiency or economy
Losing complete independence or impartiality
Making government decisions outside official channels
Adversely affecting the confidence of the public in the integrity of the government
Do not engage in any activity or acquire or retain any financial interest that results in a conflict
between your private interest and the public interest of the United States related to your duties.
Do not engage in any activity that might result in or reasonably be expected to create the appearance of a
conflict of interest.
Do not accept gratuities (gifts) from defense contractors.
Do not use your official position to influence any person to provide any private benefit.
Do not use your rank, title, or position for commercial purposes.
Avoid outside employment or activity that is incompatible with your duties or may bring discredit to
Never take or use government property or services for other than officially approved purposes.
Do not give gifts to your superiors or accept them from your subordinates.
Do not conduct official business with persons whose participation in the transaction would be in violation
Seek ways to promote efficiency and economy in government operation and public confidence in its
For more information consult SECNAVINST 5370.2.
Table 1-2. Standards of Conduct