INSTRUCTION OF PETTY OFFICERS
By Lieutenant D. E. Cummings, U. S. Navy
This paper is submitted, not as a model, but rather as a suggestion as to what points need explanation. The general outline covered by this paper has been followed when appointments have been issued to petty officers; the general idea being to question the candidate to find out how completely he has the idea, and then to fill in the "holidays." The language used should be such as will be likely to impress the particular candidate, as should the example chosen. The more homely and everyday the examples chosen the more impressive they seem to be. A talk of this character, far from antagonizing a candidate, seems to be very well received, and a number have shown that they got the idea and profited by it. That being the case, there must be some value in it, and it is offered for what it is worth.