DURING at least one period of the modern U. S. Navy there was much talk of indoctrination. In this period Captain Sims evolved and used with startling success a doctrine in the destroyer flotilla. The commanding and other officers were taught this doctrine while in port and then used it very successfully at sea in the war games. If this method was so successful in training officers in the flotilla, no doubt it could be used to obtain good results in the solution of other problems.
Consulting Webster we find that indoctrination is defined as the act of indoctrinating. To indoctrinate is to instruct in doctrine or principles in general—to instruct —to teach. It has been said that to really learn a subject one should teach it.
With the above in mind it was decided to try to apply the method to the problem of the first lieutenant in keeping the ship clean and in a good state of upkeep. The application of such a formidable-sounding method to so simple a task seemed almost in the light of using a method requiring more work than the task to be accomplished.