There is an old Chinese proverb to the effect that “One cannot carve rotten wood.” The logic of this statement is particularly apropos in the effort to develop efficient man-of-war’s men from landsmen in the Naval Reserve. An answer to one of the several problems involved in this training is selective recruiting.
Recruiting for an organized division of the Naval Reserve is basically the same as for the Navy, particularly as the regulations governing enlistment are in general identical. While the importance of selective recruiting for the Navy has been realized for many years, it is unfortunate that the need for a similar control has been overlooked by many naval reserve division commanders. Yet, selective recruiting is of primary importance in the development of an efficient naval reserve division and numerous factors, unknown or unimportant to the regular service, must be taken into consideration. As a result, particularly in view of the many handicaps that are encountered in training naval reservists, it is necessary that proper recruiting for a reserve division should be even more selective than for the Navy.