We are not a military nation, and we probably never will be. It is a fact too well known to the Service to need to be demonstrated that our wars in the past have been prolonged, if not actually caused, by our failure to grasp military situations. President Wilson in his writings, has referred to the War of 1812 as a conflict of arms brought on by a program of peace. Our ultimate complete or partial success in these conflicts has blinded us to the enormous toll in blood and treasure with which these results, such as they were, have been purchased. We have always relied on a system of volunteers to do the work of trained military forces, and trusted more to the spirit of our people and the justice of our cause, as we saw it, than to military skill and preparedness. Ghastly as have been the results of this "system" on land, it must be said that on sea we have so far found it eminently successful. The splendid pages in our naval history have, almost without exception, been written by men who were trained for their work outside the naval service. The secret of this is easy to discover.
Wanted! A Naval Militia Mission
By Lieut. Commander Roland R. Riggs, U. S. Navy, Retired, Navigating Officer, 1st Battalion, N. M., N. Y.