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cast aside for the one objective towards which we strive-the efficiency of the coast guard as a fighting unit. In this the navy should be vitally interested.
A military service that operates under the Navy Department in time of military emergency should operate under that department in time of peace, and to deny that statement is to disregard military efficiency. The truth is so obvious as to preclude any need for discussion and it only remains to be said that if the coast guard would not be as efficient under the Navy Department as under the Treasury Department, and if it would not continue to become more so, then the service would be a signal failure from every viewpoint.
The writer personally favors the separate corps suggestion, because the personnel would remain intact and would bring to the navy quite as efficient a corps, within the scope of its endeavors, as the navy now enjoys in that superb body--the United States Marine Corps—which always has, and always will, shed a luster upon the department under which it operates.
The navy is a conservative service and the coast guard may be regarded as being ultraconservative; therefore, there should be a "getting together" for a meeting of the minds, to the end that each personnel may know the other.
Whether the coast guard will gain in the future the place due to it will, above all, depend on whether the personnel will resolve with open eyes to break with ideas of the past and devote itself to the tasks of the present without reserve, in all of which it must have the cordial and substantial support of the navy, which, in the belief of the writer, will be heartily accorded, whether the coast guard amalgamates with the navy or not, because the necessity for co-ordination will be realized.
The events of the immediate future can only be conjectured. Grave responsibilities may eventuate at any time and come when least expected.
The coast guard is proud of its personnel and knows that if given the opportunity it will prove its worth and mettle, because there are potentialities therein that are unknown to the outsider. The point is, when the hour for action strikes, will there be coordination or a lack of it, and if the latter, to whom, or to what group, will the responsibility be charged?
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