Sea Dogs and Syntax
(See Page 661, May, 1939, Proceedings)
Commander M. F. Talbot (S.C.), U. S. Navy.—It seems to me that Lieutenant (j.g.) L. T. Miles raises an important question upon which an expression of service opinion would be most timely and most valuable.
The author seems to hint that the problem is not neglect of work for useless culture. Rather it seems to be a question of the most pleasant and profitable use of spare time afloat.
It is just here that the “practical” critic interrupts. We should, he claims, have no spare time. No one, he rightly insists, has ever completely mastered, or will ever completely master the sciences and the techniques that underlie the naval profession. Few officers, he adds, are thoroughly familiar with all manuals, all regulations, and all orders.