MOTTO: "Nunc Aut Nunguam."
A number of most interesting articles on the training of men have appeared from time to time in the PROCEEDINGS OF THE NAVAL INSTITUTE; but, not nearly so many have been written as this vital question, the real issue before the service to-day, demands. Meanwhile much time has been wasted without definite result, and the day when action becomes imperative has now arrived.
As stated by Lieutenant Beach in his article, we have to-day scientific corps and bureaus designing, building, and arming our ships and a world-renowned school preparing the officers; while the men are lacking in number, and, part of them at least, in training.
Much has been done and much thought expended in training special classes of men, but the enlisting and training of the mass of an expanding personnel, the raw recruits, has not received the attention it deserves from those most interested, the officers of the service.
In the article referred to above is clearly stated the great importance of having some definite policy, not something which varies with each station and with every ship and captain.