THIS MEANS YOU “As you from this day start the world as a man, I trust that your future conduct in life will prove you both an officer and a gentlemen. Recollect that you must be a seaman to be an officer; and also that you cannot be a good officer without being a gentleman.” That was Lord Nelson’s advice to a young man just appointed a midshipman; his meaning applies equally well to you, as a Naval Aviation Cadet. As Lord Nelson was not a man who dealt in double talk, and as he was one of the great naval officers of all time, it’s a good idea to look into what he meant by being a gentleman. It’s a word that means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. It’s important for you to know what it means in the Navy.