In the abundant discussions on the navy's personnel in recent years, it has appeared to the writer that these discussions, as regards the enlisted man, have been principally to formulate plans and schemes for the amelioration of his status on board ship, to increase the pay, the better food, etc.—in short, to make the service more attractive. The results, in many respects, have been entirely satisfactory.
The men are, almost without exception, well paid; the ration is generous, well cooked and properly served; the clothing is of excellent quality, well fitting and the price right. 'Pay is no longer withheld on account of misconduct. Liberty is granted liberally at every opportunity and furloughs of "ten days and travel time" are given to the deserving semi-annually.