Author Teaching Recruits Manners
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) _ With a polite nudge from ``Miss Manners,″ Naval Academy recruits are learning how to become both officers and gentlemen.
Syndicated columnist Judith Martin, also known as ``Miss Manners,″ began etiquette classes on Sunday, teaching recruits how to attack a salad with the right fork and why it is important to write thank you notes and learn how to waltz.
``In professions dealing with high-stakes conflicts, etiquette must be much stricter than is necessary in the society at large,″ said Martin. ``The respective rules of dress, gesture, language, recognition of hierarchy, ritualized procedure and such are strongly enforced for the reason that otherwise, mayhem would ensue.″
Sundays already are set aside for etiquette classes at the academy. The school launched its ``officership program,″ for freshman last year and hopes to expand it to all four classes.
In a recent column, Martin criticized a traditional military toast offered to the female companions of male Navy officers which began, ``To our charming ladies.″ Martin said the proper toast in the age of a coed military should be ``to our charming guests.″