1. The importance of efficiency in navy yard industrial work is evident. The speed, excellence and economy with which work on vessels of the fleet is accomplished has a direct bearing on the readiness of the navy for war. Proper facilities for performing the work are of course required, and these are being provided and improved continuously. An adequate supply of labor is also required, and barring certain abnormal conditions existing at this time (February, 1917), this is also available. The mere combination of labor and facilities, however, does not insure efficiency. A worthy and continuing policy must be announced towards the fulfilling of which all endeavors are bent; an organization is required to co-ordinate the different activities; a system must be provided through which the organization can operate. But even these essentials are powerless to produce lasting success unless there be, permeating the whole force, a proper spirit. This spirit corresponds to that intangible quality of military bodies called morale.
The Navy Yard Spirit
By Naval Constructor C. W. Fisher, U. S. Navy