Prize Essay for 1887
“In hoc signo vinces.”
To be successful in the landing of seamen and marines and in the operations on shore of the naval brigade, much will depend upon the previous system of organization and training of the personnel that will compose the force. The fact must not be lost sight of, that upon the amount of work in the care and preparation of the seaman to meet the requirements of detached service will his efficiency be measured.
To fulfill the demands of a hastily assembled fleet, with battalion organizations sometimes very dissimilar, and to unite the different ships' battalions into a homogeneous military force for landing, must, under the most favorable circumstances, prove a difficult task.