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     Every person in the Navy, when sick, receives the most careful medical attention. The Naval Hospitals situated at the principal Naval Stations, as well as the "sick-bays" on board ship, are equipped with all modern facilities for the treatment of the sick and injured. Instruction is also given to men by medical officer in "first aid to the injured," and in personal hygiene, which is in a large measure responsible for the excellent physical condition of men in the Naval Service.


     Among those unfamiliar with the personnel of the Navy, the notion often prevails that bluejackets are of loose moral character and composed largely of foreigners. This is a grievous mistake, as the Navy Department will positively not accept recruits who are not of good moral character. It should be obvious that shiftless, unscrupulous men would not remain in the service long and would not make good man-o'-warsmen. What the Navy Department wants is honest, conscientious men, who will go into the service with the intention of making it their life work and stick to it. As to foreigners, over 96 per cent of the men in the Navy to-day are American citizens, and none but American citizens are now accepted.

     A visit to any of the United States men-of-war (and they are all open to visitors) will convince the skeptical that the men who man the Navy's ships are men whom no one would hesitate to associate with. The shortage in the number of men in the service to-day is due to the fact that only a small percentage of those who apply are accepted.

     If an undesirable character gets into the service, which sometimes happens, he will soon be discharged. The utmost care is taken not only to preserve order, but to promote fraternal relations among the men. If a man is a rowdy and a bully, be will soon find the entire crew arrayed against him, and his life as a bluejacket will be miserable, and of short duration.

     No liquor is allowed aboard ship, nor gambling, and even profanity is a violation of the regulations.

All Ships Carry Mascots

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