Having just finished three years with the modern sailor-man under modern conditions, I am tempted into what may well seem a presumption, namely, a desire to add a few remarks to Admiral Goodrich's article on "Aids to Contentment in the Navy."
Admiral Goodrich is the distinguished leader of those who are endeavoring to bring the laws and regulations for the personnel of the navy, in their opinion, up to and a breast the times. Outside of his own forceful and pertinent remarks and together with them, he has done a good service in again bringing attention to the able article in last December's PROCEEDINGS by Lieut.-Commander McLean. This masterly summary is practically the whole situation in regard to the enlisted personnel.
It should be earnestly hoped by all, that the Department will soon take up these vital matters.
As an "Aid to Contentment" it is not so much the laws and regulations that count, as the way they are administered. This will always be so. However, in order to minimize inefficiency in this direction, we should strive to get those laws and regulations best suited to draw into the navy, and retain there, the present market in young American men.