The objective of competition in engineering is to obtain from the machinery installation the maximum efficiency, having due regard for the kind of service performed, and consequent restrictions and regulations imposed by the nature of that service. The most unmistakable method of securing the best results is thoroughly and intelligently to follow the procedure, insofar as applicable, laid down in the Bureau of Engineering Manual. To quote from the Rules for Engineering Performances, 1924-25:
Creditable attainments and gratifying performances are certain to result from the policy of engineer officers exacting strict compliance with the department’s instructions regarding the methods of operation, routine inspections, and tests.
Diligent study and application of the latest standard practices, careful analysis of performances of all units of the engineering plant, and patient, faithful training and instruction of the personnel will contribute to progress, to economy, to efficient operation, to improved material conditions, and to higher scores, all of which are factors that help to maintain the fleet in the highest state of battle readiness.