COMMANDER A. B. Hoff, U. S. Navy.—The terrible conditions disclosed by the writer may well make the service sit up and gasp. With the exception of his timely and interesting remarks on "Enlisted Personnel" (which remarks, by the way, have nothing to do with the title of the essay), chaos reigns supreme. What is the answer? Is the essayist right?—right in his diagnosis, right in his cure? Personally I say, "No."
I believe him to be reasoning from "imperfect generalization."
Nor, personally have I ever been shipmates with, or heard of, three-quarters of the troubles he enumerates. I believe that a close analysis of the facts presented will show that nine-tenths of the troubles the essayist has had are not those of organization, but of administration. Where they exist, it is undoubtedly due to the fault of the executive officer.
I except the removal of marines from ships of the fleet, and the abolition of the rate (not duties) of master-at-arms. These two steps would, I believe, increase the efficiency of any administration.