SPECIALIZATION VERSUS AMALGAMATION
By Lieutenant Commander S. J. Zeigler, Jr. (C. C.), U. S. Navy
From time to time articles appear in our service papers advocating amalgamation of certain staff corps with the navy line. More elaborate essays appear in our professional publications. Occasionally recommendations on the subject find their way to committees of Congress. The alleged advantages of amalgamation vary from monetary saving by the omission of staff initials following officers' names in official correspondence, to improvement in warship design, and even to changes in human nature which will eradicate differences of opinion.