SEAL vs. SALT -Reply
Roger Crossland (RCROSSLAND@hospice.com)
Fri, 21 Feb 1997 10:22:57 -0500
Perhaps imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but in this case there is
no imitation. There is no connection between the name and the Navy
SEAL program, officially, in content, or in concept.
No one is disparaging the Advanced Leadership program. The question
is whether use of a particular name is appropriate in conjunction with
that program. The arguments are all "it's all for a good cause, so the
ends justify the means." I think I could replicate the interest already
achieved by putting "YOU MAY HAVE JUST WON ONE MILLION
DOLLARS IN GOLD DOUBLOONS" across the top of all Advanced
What if your local library started calling its Read to Your Child program
"Eagle Scout Training." They could say they used the name because it is
admired, and calls forth a certain pattern of behavior, and the use of the
name is in a good cause.
I think an Eagle Scout or two might speak up. That title "Eagle Scout" can
be earned and only in a certain way. To banter it about and tack it onto
any "good cause" dilutes the distinction. It also calls into question that
using cause's confidence in itself.
I am a SEAL (Papa Plt, SEAL One, An Xuyen Province, RVN) and a
Quartermaster Sea Scout. I'm not worried about the SEALs. We can
take care of ourselves. And the fact that every single knifemaker and
aerobic video maker in the country drops our name in their men's
magazine ad with a dubious endorsement just goes with the territory.
Some SEALs would have made good Sea Scouts, some would not.
No, I'm worried about Sea Scouting. Catch a young man or woman's
attention with deception and you are sending a subliminal message about
the sponsoring organization.
Phineas T. Barnum was the mayor of the largest town in this council --
so perhaps I'm a bit sensitive -- but I would hate to see Sea Scouting
become the equivalent in tactics of Publisher's Clearing House.
SSS 101, Viking, Stratford, Connecticut