The story of Lieutenant Jason Hudson, whom I first wrote about almost a year ago, has come to a happy conclusion. Hudson, whose Navy career was previously at risk of being prematurely terminated, has now been selected for promotion.
What got Lt. Hudson’s into trouble was that he was a whistleblower over a Navy recruiting policy that he believed discriminated against minorities. The policy was an effort to raise the average test scores of minority recruits who enlisted for a certain specialty. But to do so, the Navy limited the percentage of minorities with below average scores. White recruits with below average scores, meanwhile, faced no such barriers to enlistment. Lt. Hudson complained to his boss that the policy created two standards: a lower one for whites and a higher standard for minorities. His boss told him, in effect, to shut up and follow the policy.
But Hudson did exactly what the Navy trains Sailors to do when they see an example of racial discrimination: He went over his superior’s head with his complaint. Officials at the top of the Navy agreed with Hudson and rescinded the policy within six weeks of Hudson’s complaint.
However, back at Hudson’s home station, that did not sit well with his seniors. The problem was that Hudson had embarrassed them by refusing to follow an illegal and discriminatory order that they themselves were too cowardly to do anything about. Junior officers aren’t supposed to show up their superiors like that.
Thanks to Hudson’s persistence and the diligence of Nashville attorney and former Navy JAG, Ross Booher, Lieutenant Hudson is now Lieutenant Commander Select Jason Hudson, and the Department of Defense has amended its whistle blower policies. The Navy has demonstrated that it can right its ship.