There is an undoubted prejudice among the so-called seagoing officers against the Naval War College. One has but to start in a wardroom mess the subject of the War College to hear violent arraignments of the "Brain Trust." There must be some reason for this. Why is it? Is it the fault of the War College, its graduates, or the narrow-mindedness of its critics? All of these play their part. During the last two years my duties have made me shipmates with some ten different wardroom messes and in each one the same criticisms have been heard.
These consist briefly as follows:
1. In the past, many officers have been sent to the War College, whose service reputation for efficiency was not above the average, and whose capabilities were not looked upon by seagoing officers as in any respect qualifying them for a special course at the War College.
2. A number of officers who were on the list of the "Plucking Board" were sent to the War College to await their fate.