The proposition to erect the institution now known as the Naval War College was not received with favor by the naval profession. It was said to be chimerical, impracticable, and wholly uncalled for. Moreover there was no precedent for such a thing to be found in history. And yet there was an undefined feeling in the navy that in the matter of education there was something wanting. The daily routine of man-of-war life was, after the novelty had worn off, not very inspiring, and to many that seemed all the profession had to offer. "Is this all?" it was asked. Is this the sole fruit of four years' hard study at the Naval Academy? Each one was left to answer that question for himself. Each graduate of the Academy was left to his own devices, to continue his studies or not as he thought proper. It was soon found that in the naval profession, as in other walks of life, there is a specific gravity of mind as of matter. Young officers of intellect and love of their profession were quick to specialize in one branch or another of their calling and thus rise above the dead level of mediocrity.
The U.S. Naval War College
By Rear-Admiral Stephen B. Luce, U. S. Navy