The problem of the married enlisted man and his economic tribulations is one which constantly becomes more important to the general morale of the fleet. Commander Truman P. Riddle (Ch.C.), U. S. Navy, in the January, 1939, issue of Naval Institute Proceedings, brought out clearly the difficulties facing men in the ranks when they venture into matrimony. He emphasized that an ever increasing majority of the ratings are making a career of the Navy and that marriage is the normal and inevitable thing for most of them. Likewise inevitable are the financial stringencies which accompany the usual marriage on navy enlisted pay.
Chaplain Riddle asks three pertinent questions: