In "A Plea for Physical Training in the Navy," published in No. 129 of the Naval Institute Proceedings, the writer dealt with gymnastics, athletics, and voluntary physical exercise on board ship, but did not touch upon the Swedish system because:
1st. It seemed too complicated, and required too much time for use afloat, and
2d. It necessitated trained physical instructors on board ship.
It is, however, impossible to get something for nothing, and in the compulsory application in our navy of the Swedish system, s successfully used in several European armies and navies, we I lave the best and most practical solution of the problem of the physical fitness of the navy personnel. There is nothing experimental about it, and it involves the least expenditure of time and money.