Many graduates are troubled as they hear that the old Academy has undergone some modifications. In this they are not unlike their college brothers. It is hard for those long absent to believe that changes will not result in a loss of character and individuality. Yet compare the Navy of today with that of twenty-five years ago. How few of the ships of 1904, even with changed names, still remain in commission. And who would think it wisdom to hold to the same ships, the same equipment, and the same personnel—so far as this is possible? Even the colleges that are preparing the youth, not for any particular profession, but for life, by giving them a strong foundation of culture, have vastly changed. Greek has gone by the board, and there is much greater attention to the social sciences and to modern history. How could the Naval Academy, in the light of recent developments in the Navy, which is preparing midshipmen for duty on ships in which electricity now plays such a part, preparing midshipmen for assignments either related or entirely devoted to aviation, do aught else than change to meet the need?
The Changing Naval Academy: A Retrospect of Twenty-Five Years
By Professor Carroll Storrs Alden, Head of Department of English, U. S. Naval Academy