And that I think you will find is the problem, V&S, all here I bet can recount moments when V&S were over looked, or even ignored on numerous occasions by VSO and lower. Moral courage and all the other trappings of the army ethos etc are a great standard to hold people to, however, they are only as good as those who enforce them, and nowadays the times when they are not, or indeed when the old adage of ‘do as I say, not as I do’ are becoming more and more prevalent. Again, my own POV many may disagree, but debate is important in these situations.And therein lies the weakness. A strong character would have had that conversation in private and in person. Potentially unpleasant and emotive but there's no evidence of who said what and how it was received and no one make any mad claims.
As it is. The utter moron who sent said email has exposed themselves to infamy. Said infamy may be unjustified but.
They are now toxic goods as far as the RN should be concerned and if we had a politican leading MoD who forced VSOs to live by V&S then said moron would be made to resign or outright sacked.