Setting-up Drill at Training Station

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thoughts and feelings of the men directly under their charge, especially the new ones. There is no swearing or rough language permitted on the part of these petty officers, and a petty officer, or any other officer, who should raise his hand against or strike a recruit, would be immediately court-martialed and dismissed from the Navy. They are always ready to give a willing ear to any who need advice or encouragement. The petty officers are taught that they are building from these men the bone and sinew of the American Navy--a great responsibility and they must set a high standard by example.

What is true of the Newport Training Station is true of the stations at Norfolk and at San Francisco, except that at the latter stations the milder climate permits of a longer course of outdoor training. The work at the other stations, while different in character, is the same in system and method.


     Men to go to this school must be electricians by trade, or show' aptitude for the work. They are given a thorough training in all that has to do with electrical work. They have wireless telegraphy. They work in machine shops and learn to make all parts of dynamos and engines. They learn to wire a battleship, or cruiser, as an electrician on shore learns to wire a house. They are taught all the "faults" and repairs of dynamos, and learn the different kinds of armatures. They know as much about a telephone as the electrician of a telephone company. The work is both practical and theoretical. "Faults" are put in the wiring of searchlights, telephones, 'bells, etc., and the students are made to look for the trouble and find it. The man who takes the electrical course and is diligent and ambitious is amply qualified to take any job in the line of his trade, or in wireless telegraphy, should he, at the end of his enlistment, decide to return to civil life.


     The Yeoman School instructs men in forms of clerical work in use in the Navy -- bookkeeping, accounting and simpler branches of mathematics, so that they may be able to compute the capacity of coal-bunkers and learn the figuring of averages. Text-books' are furnished by the Department. A knowledge of clerical work is required beforehand.

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