(See page 1313, December, 1954, Proceedings)
(See page 19, January, 1955, Proceedings)
Commander Roy C. Smith, III, U. S. Naval Reserve.—The recent essays, “What? Me Ship Over” and “The Career Man,” are both excellent analyses of the reenlistment problem from the enlisted viewpoint, and they particularly interested me as executive officer of a destroyer and now a destroyer tender. Fortunately, many commands are making these essays required reading for officers, and the word is getting around in the wardroom. Although some of the major factors they cite, such as closure of a number of rates to advancement, require Bureau or Congressional level action, many of them are susceptible to correction within the ship or station—provided the officers, particularly the junior officers—will work at it. And there lies our biggest stumbling block!