There is a great deal of literature on the higher technic of recruiting for the Navy. It waxes and wanes as we need more or fewer new men, and we have gotten so deep into it that one can find instructions from old recruiters on the most minute details, even to the importance of eating a hearty breakfast. In concentrating on such details there is a tendency to overlook the raison d’être of our recruiting service.
The Navy must induct and train a varying percentage of new men annually, and it is the duty of the recruiting service to get, or pick—depending upon who is talking—these new men. When the number required is great, the standard falls. The percentage of punishments rises, together with “kick-outs” and desertions, and for awhile there is great concern about the reason and remedy. Then the number of new men decreases and the Navy settles back with a sigh of relief until the next time.