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Just at present the United States Navy has great need of college men to fill certain positions aboard battleships; which require a peculiar kind of intelligence and training. For example, gun pointers, sight setters, spotters, and turret crews are needed, and would be deplorably lacking if the country were faced by sudden war. The elements of mathematics are all that would be required for such work, although greater knowledge, especially in mechanics and engineering, could be used to advantage.
Men wishing to try the experiment this year would start work about the first of July and finish some time in September. Slight expenses would be involved including 40 cents a day for rations, and six dollars for uniforms: in all, about thirty dollars. A naval reserve bill providing for Government offset of such expenses has been lately introduced in Congress and if this summer's experiment proves successful, will doubtless be passed at the next session.
The Student Council desires that as many men as possible pledge themselves for this cruise. Aside from personal advantages derived from the life and experience of the summer's work, the plan should appeal to all who have the country's welfare at heart.
Many inquiries have come in asking how men can sign up for the cruise. All that is necessary is to see A. J. Lowrey '13 either personally, or to notify him by post card at Holworthy 5. He will keep office hours at this address every week day except Saturday from 12 to 1 o'clock. Men are urged to give the matter their prompt attention, as the authorities must know immediately how many men to count on. The plan is open not only to undergraduates but to all members of the University.
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