It is occasionally remarked by observant officers that there is a tendency in the American Navy to concentrate effort on material somewhat to the neglect of the discipline of the personnel. There may be cause for such a view. All recognize that a well-disciplined personnel, with the very best material, is the combination requisite for efficiency in the navy. It is assumed that every American naval officer is earnest for the greatest possible efficiency of the navy. It may be that some rather overlook or undervalue certain factors that contribute to efficiency in their predilection for and interest in other factors.
Perhaps the temperament is such that it seems easier, more natural, to be interested in tangible, material things than in what may be considered a matter of ethics. Some may be prone to consider themselves "practical men" with some complacency, without analyzing closely enough just what that means as applied to a naval officer. Some introspection should be of interest and benefit.