Customary higher standard of conduct from officers stems from the time of William the Conqueror.

April 7, 2011

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258A Military JusticeCustomary higher standard of conduct from officers exemplified in Article 133 prohibiting conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentlemen stems from the time of William the Conqueror, when chivalry incorporated social as well as military conduct; although historically the officer-gentleman standard may have been related more to social than military necessity, its underlying purpose has always been the maintenance of the honor, integrity, and objectivity requisite to fostering among enlisted members of a confidence and respect for the authority of the officer corps.
United States v. Van Steenwyk, 21 M.J. 795 (N-M. C.M.R. 1985)