The success of a division on board ship and the success of the division officer depend on the relations between the enlisted men who compose the division, on one hand, and the division officer himself, on the other. The capacity of the officer is, in a very great measure, reflected in the accomplishments of his division and his incapacity is quite often discovered by its failures.
The relations between an officer and his men and the rules which should govern these relations have been the subject of a good deal of discussion for many years. Much pertaining to the subject has been written, somewhat less, perhaps, has been read, yet it remains a matter of such great importance that even those who know little about it may be permitted to state their opinions. Some good may come of it.
This discussion, coming within the above description, as it does, is written from the standpoint of a supply officer aboard ship, and, while having chiefly in mind the character of work done by a supply division, may contain points which are of equal concern to other divisions.