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THE NAVY AS A CAREER
YOUR NAVAL CAREER
You are now beginning your naval career.
You enlisted for various reasons, such as to learn a trade, to see the world, to go to sea, to improve your station in life, etc. You are young and your future is before you. Many of you have not thought seriously of your future, and probably few of you have made up your minds as to what you would really like to g., You will now have eight weeks of training, and at the end of that time you will be sent to various ships for service in our Navy as a seaman, second class. Upon arrival aboard ship, some of you will be sent to the engineer's department for duty as firemen and will be gradually developed into machinist's mates, water tenders, blacksmiths, electrician's mates, etc. The rest of you will remain in the seaman branch and gradually develop into coxswains, boatswain's mates, gunner's mates, carpenter's mates, shipfitters, quartermasters, etc. The training that starts here at the training station will be continued on board ship. In every case this training is for the sole purpose of making you a useful man, a trained man, and a leader of men.
Keep this always in mind: You are being trained to be a future leader of men. The hardest workers among you may become chief petty_officers, warrant officers, and commissioned officers. The rest of you will only get as far as your work, study, and efforts entitle you to go.
EACH MAN WHO DESIRES TO BE A LEADER OF MEN MUST LEARN THE FOLLOWING ESSENTIAL POINTS
Once in a great while a man is born a leader. The rest of us become leaders by hard study and long practice of the rules of leadership handed down to us by the great leaders of the past. Below are given the rules laid down by these leaders. Study them and practice them, for your future success will depend upon your ability to master them, whether in the naval service or later in civilian life.
Obedience.--Obedience is of first importance. It is absolutely necessary: in a military organization to insure success. Obedience to your superiors, obedience to regulations, must be learned first and practiced before you can ever expeet to become a leader of men. Your success will depend mainly on how well you learn to obey.
Behavior.-Good behavior and a clean record are necessary for promotion to positions of leadership. Men sometimes fail of promotion to warrant and commissioned rank because of bad records of early enlistments.
Knowledge.-Knowledge comes only through study and hard work. There is no “ royal road to learning. .
" Men always respect you for what you know. It pays to know, and to know you know. Know your own job. Know the job ahead of yours.
Fighting spirit.—You know what this is. Without it, you are only a human biped who wears pants. With it, you are a live, red-blooded, go-getter-one who will succeed. Have you the grit to stay with a hard job? Never say "I can't.” Forget there is such a phrase. Don't be a quitter. "A man may be down but never out”-until he admits it.