As the procurement of men and material, the maintaining of communications, and the retention of cohesive control present a more rapidly changing aspect in land warfare than in the prosecution of a campaign afloat, staff functions seem to have received more serious attention in the land forces than in our own service. Naval command is centralized as far as peace-time operations are concerned, and for most phases of operations in war the same methods will be applicable. Actual battle will present a somewhat different problem, but even in battle the personnel of the fleet have at hand the means to subsist themselves, repair damage, care for the injured, and continue shooting and steaming—a situation entirely different from that of the battle ground of land warfare.
Staff Organization Afloat
By Lieutenant Commander Robert B. Carney, U. S. Navy