United States Naval Institute Proceedings Volume 22, No. 1
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1896 edition. Excerpt: ...an eye single to the best interests of the service. Mr. Fullam's position regarding pay and marine officers is absolutely sound. The duties of the former are indispensable; the officers themselves should have a broader field and a broader usefulness than now. Nobody questions the ability of the graduates of the Naval Academy to perform the duties of pay officers. Why, then, not have those duties performed by ofiicers who, by training and education, would be available for general duty? At the very least, if the pay corps must be maintained entirely distinct, as now, the surplus graduates of the Academy should have the preference in making new appointments. As regards the marines, every additional day's experience strengthens my conviction that they detract from rather than add to the discipline of ship life, and that they are room-takers and " idlers " in the sense of not being available for general duty. I hope the marine corps will never be abolished; I hope more to see it dispensed with as a part of our sea-going force. In intelligence I believe the bluejacket recruits will average superior, and I fail to see how a particular livery is to inspire virtues that another will not. To say that bluejackets cannot be made trustworthy is to charge, or admit, incompetence. I have no reason to admit it, nor will I. Sending ships to sea without marines is no experiment. Attached to the N. A. station is a ship in firll commission without a marine on board; the discipline is excellent and I have yet to hear complaints from her officers that the bluejackets are untrustworthy. This cry is a bugaboo; men are very largely what circumstances and training make them, and the blue shirt covers just as great possibilities as the shell...
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