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     Talent upon any musical instrument is greatly encouraged. The class teaches the groundwork of reading music at sight, with exercises in 'plain, waltzes, popular airs and marches, until they are equipped to play in the company of the skilled musicians who compose the bands of the naval vessels.


     Men of the Hospital Corps who show fitness for Hospital work after a short period of preliminary duty at a Naval Hospital, may be detailed to the Hospital Corps Training School. This School gives the recruits of that branch of the Service a first-class groundwork in the elements of practical and theoretical nursing, pharmacy and materia medica. In the beginning the recruits are taught all the simplest forms of treatment of accident cases, first aid to the injured under different and trying conditions, bandaging drill, the handkerchief, the tourniquet, the manual of the stretcher, the handling of the disabled with one, two and three bearers, marching with stretcher, and hoisting and lowering, as on board ship, the sick and injured under different conditions. They study anatomy, physiology, pharmacy, materia medica, nursing, cooking, and clerical work. They are given typical cases of accidents and asked what they would do under the circumstances. The course 'covers about four months, and upon its completion a certificate of proficiency is given to those who attain the required mark.


The artificers are taught the general construction of vessels, carpenter work, fitting, plumbing and all matters pertaining to the putting together and repair of different parts of vessels in wood, steel, iron, copper, lead, etc.


     When a bluejacket has served his first enlistment, he is given four months in which to reenlist, with continuous pay. A reenlisted man under thirty years of age, with marks on his previous record aggregating 75 per cent. of the total and with good conduct record, is given an opportunity of a course of instruction in one of the Seaman-Gunners' Classes. These Classes are located at the Navy Yard, Washington, D. C., and the Naval Torpedo Station, Newport, R. I. The class at Washington assembles in August and February, and the course is six months long, qualifying men for gunner's mates in all that pertains to the battery. Here he learns the assembling of guns, the breech mechanism,' and everything to do with the practical part of ordnance, the manufacture of shells, fuses, and the working of electrical firing devices. He learns to take apart and put together all kinds of large and small guns. The course at the Torpedo Station is eight months in duration, the classes assembling on January 1st, May 1st, and September 1st. Here he is taught all that pertains to torpedoes and mines. He learns to assemble torpedoes, is taught diving, and electricity as applied to ordnance mechanism.

     In both Classes he has text books to help him, but works in the shops as well.

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