After reading the May 15 article "Navy system struggling to root out unfit commanders," let me see if I have this straight: A Navy captain engages in ethical breaches, failure to qualify junior officers, as well as other forms of behavior unbecoming an officer over a period of at least seven years. Another Navy captain is charged with soliciting the favors of a prostitute. Both officers are relieved of command.

I must conclude from this that the Navy — and, by extension, the Pentagon — consider these transgressions to be of roughly equal weight and significance. Am I the only one who finds this depressing and disturbing?

Carol Quinn MartinCamp Victory, Iraq

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