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general orders for individual acts of courage, devotion or valor during the war against Germany and her allies. The war cross is of bronze and is modelled after the French Croix de Guerre.
The Queen Elisabeth Medal was authorized in September, 1916, to reward those who have devoted themselves to war work, such as succoring the wounded, aiding refugees and fugitives and maintaining canteens and rest stations for the soldiers at the front. The medal is awarded in the name of the popular queen of Belgium to men and women, both Belgian and foreign, who are deemed worthy of it.
The Military Medal was instituted by royal decree on September 15, 1902, to reward soldiers of all ranks below that of a commissioned officer who, by their conduct and service, have merited special distinction."
ITALIAN WAR DECORATIONS Italy has established no new decorations for war service during the present war, but when she entered the war in 1915 she had four orders which might be conferred upon officers of certain classes, and had awarded numerous medals for service in past wars.
The Medal for Military Valor is awarded to officers and men of the Italian army and navy for conspicuous acts of gallantry and courage in the face of the enemy. The medal is awarded in three classes, of gold, silver or bronze, according to the class of the service. The gold medal has almost always been awarded for a deed of heroism and daring which has resulted in the death of the soldier or sailor performing the deed and it is regarded as the highest tribute to bravery which Italy can pay.
The silver and bronze medals are awarded for gallant deeds under fire, and as one medal is awarded for each act meriting the reward, it is not uncommon to see an officer or soldier with two such medals.
The ribbon of the medal is blue.
All officers and men of the Italian army who have served one year at the Austrian front are authorized to wear a ribbon of the national colors, green, white, red, in the same manner as the ribbons of medals and decorations are worn; and those who have served a year on the fronts in Macedonia and Albania are authorized to wear a red and white ribbon.
SERBIAN WAR DECORATIONS The most highly prized war decoration of Servia is the Medal for Bravery, established in 1885. It is made of gold for the first class and of silver for the second class. The gold medal of the first class is awarded to officers for deeds of great bravery in the face of the enemy and very rarely to non-commissioned officers for deeds of extreme daring and courage performed after all the officers present had been killed. The silver medal of the second class is awarded to non-commissioned officers and privates for deeds of especial bravery in action.
The obverse bears the head of the great national hero of Servia, Miloch Obilitch, who in 1389 at the battle of Kossova defeated the Turks, killing their leader, the Sultan Murad, with his own sword. The reverse bears the legend, “For bravery.” The ribbon is blue.
The Medal for Military Merit was authorized by the king in 1883 to reward officers and men of the army for meritorious service in peace or war. The medal is of gold for the first class, awarded to officers, and of silver for the second class, awarded to non-commissioned officers and privates.
On the obverse is the crown of Servia and on the reverse the legend, " For Military Merit." The ribbon is blue and white.
Thus it will be seen that the bits of metal and the strips of multicolored ribbon that adorn the breast of our soldiers and sailors are not meaningless baubles chosen to satisfy a passing fancy. Each one marks some gallant deed on the bloody field of battle or wind-swept sea, some duty for the country well done or some years of faithful service under the flag in'the ceaseless struggle to insure " that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth."
INTRODUCTORY The appropriation system of the Navy Department constitutes a handicap against the uniform advance in industrial and administrative methods which has been and is being made from year to year. As military efficiency is of course affected by the degree of progress made in the industrial and administrative branches, it is important to remedy any defects known to exist therein.
It is unnecessary to say that this condition has been commented on from time to time. Two references only will be made.
Admiral McGowan in his report as paymaster general for the fiscal year 1915, said:
In addition to interfering with the proper distribution of costs, the present complicated method of making appropriations entails a great volume of unnecessary paper work and a mass of bookkeeping detail, the disadvantages of which are felt throughout the naval establishment.
Admiral Cowie in a lecture before the Naval War College, September 3, 1915, said:
The naval appropriations at the present time are very complex, and many of them carry identical clauses. Their consolidation would simplify all business transactions connected with purchases, permit more accurate cost accounting, facilitate the reporting of expenditures and result in an economical distribution of funds by administrative authority at the time the necessity for a particular expenditure becomes apparent.
The navy is in the fortunate position of not having to make any excuses for failure to produce. A request made to Congress to relieve us of the burden of the unsatisfactory appropriation methods cannot, therefore, be ascribed to weakness, but rather to a strength born of overcoming difficulties.
In the following article, it is first shown that the navy has made considerable progress in getting around the obstruction of the appropriation system. But we still carry the deadweight of it,
and an attempt is made to indicate how it can be removed from our path without causing any disorganization of our work.
There never was a better time than the present for settling this problem.
The financial, or fiscal, system of the Navy Department runs so smoothly and has so well withstood the strain of the present war, that few outside of those in immediate touch with the details of the problem appreciate the difficulties which have been overcome in the past, or those which still remain to be cleared up. The navy methods for obtaining and handling funds and stores are believed to be superior to those of most other departments of the government; certainly when comparison is confined to the long-established executive departments, where old traditions and inherited systems tend to complicate the routine. Some of the recently instituted departments have undoubtedly been able to start with systems untrammeled by ancient customs, and should therefore be better off in this respect than the older institutions.
In order to obtain a clear idea of the present navy methods, it will be well to describe briefly how money is obtained and handled, and then to glance back over the changes which have been introduced in late years.
To obtain funds for a coming fiscal year estimates from the bureaus, based on reports from the various yards and stations, are submitted to the Secretary, gone over carefully and forwarded to the Secretary of the Treasury for transmission to Congress. These estimates are divided under headings, called appropriations, in accordance with the purposes for which the money is desired. Each bureau has its own group of appropriations, the titles of which indicate more or less closely the ultimate objects of expenditures. However, as the result of long custom, the titles of some appropriations give only a broad indication of the nature of the proposed expenditures, and in that case there is added a somewhat detailed wording intended to specify or describe in a general way the kinds of charges which are to be met under that appropriation. It must be remembered that formerly each bureau maintained a kind of independence, not only as an administrative section of the Navy Department, but also as a managing element of the yards and stations. Consequently, each bureau sought to incorporate in the appropriation bills word