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COMMUNICATIONS, ETHICS, AND A COMMAND DECISION
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Communication, Ethics, and a Command Decision
Justin Guzzi
Capella University
July 29, 2020

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COMMUNICATIONS, ETHICS, AND A COMMAND DECISION
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Communication, Ethics, and a Command Decision
The Captain of the Theodore Roosevelt had to make a tough decision when he decided to
write and send a letter pleading for help. He knew that if he sent this message, he could face
consequences. He also knew that the navy may not receive him asking for help in a good way.
He had to make a choice to either keep quiet and put sailors at risk or speak up and possibly lose
his job. The Captain knew that the message he sent could be leaked but chose to make an ethical
decision no matter the risk. He was in a very tough decision and he made the choice that was
right for him and his sailors on that ship. At that moment the only thing that mattered was the
lives of the sick that were on the ship. Some argue that he made the right choice and others argue
that a man in his position should know better. Chief of naval operations, Michael Gilday said “in
the end, the email and letters sent by Captain Crozier were unnecessary” (Welna, 2020). He also
said that the navy expects better judgment from someone in the Captain’s position. From the
Captain’s perspective he was the only one that could do anything about the situation. He was in
charge and he felt it was his obligation to contact the navy about the condition of his crew
(Welna, 2020). The Captain was the sender in this communication situation. He sent the letter to
navy officials. He demonstrated decent communication skills and got his point across. I say
decent because the navy and the media both interpreted this letter differently. He also
demonstrated an attitude that the situation was dire. The receiver in this situation was the navy.
The message was that there was a Covid-19 outbreak on the ship that continued to get worse.
The content also stated that the sailors needed to be properly quarantined, which was impossible
to do on the ship. The channel in this situation was e-mail. The message that was sent was sent
through email using the internet. The internet is not the best channel of communication when
wanting to send a discreet message. There were people who know how to get access to just about

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COMMUNICATIONS, ETHICS, AND A COMMAND DECISION Communication, Ethics, and a Command Decision Justin Guzzi Capella University July 29, 2020 1 COMMUNICATIONS, ETHICS, AND A COMMAND DECISION 2 Communication, Ethics, and a Command Decision The Captain of the Theodore Roosevelt had to make a tough decision when he decided to write and send a letter pleading for help. He knew that if he sent this message, he could face consequences. He also knew that the navy may not receive him asking for help in a good way. He had to make a choice to either keep quiet and put sailors at risk or speak up and possibly lose his job. The Captain knew that the message he sent could be leaked but chose to make an ethical decision no matter the risk. He was in a very tough decision and he made the choice that was right for him and his sailors on that ship. At that moment the only thing that mattered was the lives of the sick that were on the ship. Some argue that he made the right choice and others argue that a man in his position should know better. Chief of naval operations, Michael Gilday said “in the end, the email and letters sent by Captain Crozier were unnecessary” (Welna, 2020). He also said that the navy expects better judgment from someone in the Captain’s position. From the Captain’s perspective he was the only one that could do anything about the situation. He was in charge and he felt it was his obligation to contact the navy about the condition of his crew (Welna, 2020). The ...
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