United States Naval Institute Proceedings Volume 31, No. 2

United States Naval Institute Proceedings Volume 31, No. 2

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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. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...to his wife. In that instance his request was granted, but only on condition that the amount asked for should be paid in the form of a check, endorsed to his wife's order and given to the executive officer to mail. " Can any officer doubt that many self-respecting mechanics would be deterred from enlisting by the knowledge that they might be exposed to such humiliations? Does any oflicer believe that the average recruit enters the service with any doubt as to his right to draw his pay in the same manner as do other freeborn Americans? " If the department has the legal right to withhold the pay of enlisted men, has it not an equal right to withhold the pay of officers, and does any officer believe that he would accept such an order without vigorous protest and appeal? Certainly not. " If we aim at naval efliciency, we must man our navy with vigorous, self-respecting young Americans, men who will cheerfully submit to the demands of the most rigid discipline but who will not submit to the denial of natural and legal rights which are perfectly consistent with such discipline. " Are we blinded in this matter by custom? Is the subject not deserving of consideration?" Reduction in monthly money is doubtless too important a means of discipline to be discarded lightly. It has stood so long among us unchallenged that many persons believe that, if discarded, its place should be filled by some enactment of law. The merchant service maintains its measure of order, obedience, and good conduct by money fines, and bothers very little with confinement. Give the captain the legal right to impose on an enlisted man a fine limited, for one offense, to so many days pay, and the end now reached by the exercise of a power...show more

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  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 386g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236902807
  • 9781236902801