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Lieut. Commander J. L. McGuigan, U. S. Navy.—"The principle is well established that a homogeneous squadron of vessels can operate more efficiently than a heterogeneous one." The principle being accepted as a maxim, the essayist concludes that it can be applied to personnel. The reasoning used is very deceptive. The principle stated is one applying only to material of a very specific nature. If the scope of the principle is enlarged by substituting "fleet" for "squadron," the narrowness is at once apparent for it is common knowledge that dreadnoughts can operate more efficiently if accompanied by destroyers and air scouts than if not so accompanied. The principle as stated being of a very specific nature and not germane to the conclusion; the conclusion is of necessity wrong.