By the declaration of war the American people issued a command to Germany to desist from certain activities.
By the mobilization, organization, training, transportation and supply of our armed forces we backed up the command with such force as gave authority to that command.
In company with the Allies we proceeded to discipline Germany —that is, to discipline in the more restricted sense of prevention from and punishment for wrongdoing.
It required discipline in the higher and broader sense, however, to accomplish that degree of preparation that was essential to give force and authority to our command.
From the point of view of the whole people this discipline in the broader sense took the form of self-discipline. We recognized our obligations, passed laws to meet them, and looked to our Chief Executive to exercise our authority.
The efficient exercise of this executive authority, in so far as it pertained to the handling of the armed forces, was possible only by reason of the traditions of the service and the schooling and training in the practice of discipline by the armed forces already in service.