In submitting the following article no attempt is made at proposing anything new, but simply to invite attention to one of the most important needs for the navy and marine corps. It is written in order to bring the matter to the attention of the service; to stimulate interest and arouse discussion as to the best method of solving the problem. The ideas have been in the minds of officers, many of whom have expressed them in articles, and various measures and means have been suggested at different times to satisfy the situation. The title, "Organization and Enrollment of a Reserve for the United States Navy and Marine Corps," explains the object advocated in this paper. The object of the navy is to be ready to fight in time of war, and to this end it must prepare in time of peace. A war will require many additional men and means to provide them must be formulated and prepared in advance. In the Civil War the personnel of the United States Navy increased from 7000 men to 58,000 men at the close. In the war with Spain the numbers were doubled. Upon the preparation beforehand will depend the result of the conflict.
Organization and Enrollment of a Reserve for the United States Navy and Marine Corps
By Commander H. J. Ziegemeier, U. S. Navy