Much of what follows will be recognized by many officers as true and accepted by them without argument. In fact, it has very frequently been the experience of those attempting to write a paper of this nature that they have been received with statements to the effect that they were not communicating anything new.
Probably it would be difficult for any of us to write upon professional subjects without reflecting the thoughts of others; few of us would be apt to submit a paper in which our brother officers would find nothing good!
By some officers, those anxious to learn and who have lacked opportunity, the arguments will be accepted and the statements believed. There will be officers, however, who will continue to look upon all pertaining to the title of this article with a certain amount of suspicion, and who will continue to smile inwardly at the three institutions, and who honestly believe they are not needed.
We need all three types of officers, but we need most more of those who already know, and these can only be recruited from the second lot, who are willing and anxious to be convinced.