This paper will endeavor to investigate whether or not the discipline of the Navy, the true esprit de corps of the Navy, is in quality as high as we in our hearts know it should reach, as high as the country demands, and whether it is kept up to that degree of excellence that may some day be again called on to place us on the credit Side of the treaty when the indemnity is agreed upon. It will attempt to point out that through errors of commission and errors of omission, we are not doing everything that can be done and ought to be done to elevate discipline and nourish naval esprit de corps. There will be found nothing new in this paper. The effort is made to base its conclusions on the elemental truths.
It is trusted that nothing herein will be taken as the expression of pessimism. On the contrary our profession is an optimistic profession. We all have faith in our service, faith in our men, faith in our ships; a pride in the traditions of the service and its past achievements, and we all look confidently ahead to its achievements and victories of the future. Potentially we will ever be the strongest navy, because of the quality of our personnel.