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To the Editors of the CRIMSON:
The Navy Department has under consideration a plan for offering college students some opportunity for training at sea during some of the summer months, either on a battleship or on some ship specially provided for the purpose. The details have not been worked out, but it is hoped that they may prove attractive to those men who would like some knowledge of gunnery, navigation and engineering as they are practiced in the Navy. It may be possible to connect such work with the Naval Reserve so that graduates who had spent one or more summers in this way might be enrolled as part of the Reserve for service in case of war. This training, if it is possible to arrange a satisfactory plan, would be useful to the individual, and it would also be a patriotic method of preparing one's self to serve the country in time of need. It would, furthermore, afford a first-hand knowledge of the Navy and its preparedness for war.
It is proposed to place this subject before the students at a meeting in the Harvard Union, on Tuesday evening at 7.30 o'clock. Captain C. C. Marsh of the Navy, who is now at the head of the Naval Reserve, will be present and will either speak to the students on the subject, or will answer any questions. It is entirely possible that some students may have ideas on the subject which would be valuable, and if so, they would contribute to the success of such a meeting by speaking. If a sufficient number of students at Harvard, or at other colleges, should volunteer for the naval training, the whole problem could be tried out this summer. Those who are interested should come to the meeting and should find no embarrassment in presenting their own ideas. IRA. N. HOLLIS.
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