By Captain Stanford E. Moses, U. S. Navy
The efficiency of the Navy and the economy of its operation will be increased directly with improvement in discipline.
The conduct and discipline of the men of the Navy is probably as good today as it has ever been and the character of the average enlisted man perhaps better than ever before. But this is no reason why the Navy should be satisfied with present conditions in matters of discipline if they can be improved. It should be remembered that every improvement which involves new materials or new methods has been forced against the inertia of conservative opinion which believes that whatever is, is best. Naval officers should therefore consider with open and receptive minds suggestions which have for their object the increased efficiency of the Navy and the welfare of the enlisted personnel. Standards of efficiency in Gunnery which seemed visionary and impracticable are now accepted facts, and similar improvement in discipline may reasonably be hoped for if the matter receives such general study, care and attention as has been given to gunnery.