Naval Institute Proceedings Volume 48

Naval Institute Proceedings Volume 48

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1922 edition. Excerpt: ...are: fitting the man to the job, explaining the man's relation to the whole organization, the why of orders, truth in intercourse, courage, tenacity and zeal, and the part of the officer. I shall endeavor to point out their bearing on the division officer's problems. Fitting The Man To The Job The human raw material coming to any ship's division is varied. It is, however, almost universally young and possessed of a common characteristic, restlessness. The first essential is to get the round pegs into round holes, and the square pegs into square holes. This can be done best by the officer making himself thoroughly familiar with each man, watching him closely under varying circumstances, and recording his characteristics in a simple card index, one card to the man, wherein is recorded all his official history and as much of his unofficial history as can be obtained, together with a summary of his salient characteristics. The late William James in an illuminating piece of self-analysis wrote in a letter to his mother;1 "I have often thought that the best way to define a man's character would be to seek out the particular mental and moral attitude in which, when it came upon 1 The Letters of William James, Edited by his son, Henry James. The Atlantic Monthly Press, 1920, Vol. I, page 199. him, he felt himself most deeply and intensely active and alive. At such moments there is a voice inside which speaks and says, This is the real me!' " It is a most important task of the division officer, perhaps one of his most important duties, to find in each man what causes that man to be "most deeply and intensely active and alive," and then adapt that cause to positive naval use. The task done, military character is the result. The fitting of round pegs into...
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  • Paperback | 956 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 48mm | 1,669g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236656873
  • 9781236656872