Reason for Having a Naval Reserve.—There is a very serious reason for the existence of a Naval Reserve which should not be lost sight of by either the regular Navy or by the Naval Reserve itself. That reason lies rooted in American policy which assumes that the citizens of the nation are potential fighting men and that the potential military reserve thus existing makes it unnecessary to maintain a large regular Army and Navy. Such policy is sound if the military reserve of the nation is a trained reserve capable of induction into an expanded Army and Navy upon mobilization in a national emergency without disrupting the ability of either to take the field or sea respectively. The memory of frantic wartime efforts to train thousands of reservists intensively is still fresh in the Navy as is the memory of depleted regular naval crews from which hundreds of trained guns’ crews were sent to merchant ships while the fleet trained rookies before it dared go to sea. The Naval Reserve exists, presumably, so that the next time the Navy mobilizes for war, the greater part of this necessary training will have already been done.
A Suggestion for Naval Reserve Training
By Lieutenant Commander E. S. R. Brandt, U. S. Navy