Our Navy Magazine - November 1960 -
Vol. 55. No. 11
The Navy Man's Magazine Founded 1897
On the Cover: USS Decatur (DD-936), shown visiting New York City, is of the "Forrest Sherman" Class. She was commissioned Nov. 30, 1956.
- Conquering Inner Space,
By H. O. Webster 3
- The ASROC Showboat 8
- Fagins of The Fleet,
By Oscar Roloff 10
- First Color Organ,
By John Burlage 13
- The Duty Section,
By Bill Calhoun 14
- Keelhauling Revisited,
By John Corsair And James E. Mangan 20
- Atlantic Report 24
- Washington Briefs 31
- Pentagon Report 34
- Pacific Report 39
- Inland Report 45
- Science and Space Report 54
- Pass the Word 2
- Ship of The Month: USS Compass Island 18
- Sports 46
- Movies 50
- Contacts and Swaps 53
- Car Report 55
- Morale Report 58
- Salt Shakers 60
- Editorial 64
All photographs are official Department of Defense or Our Navy photos unless otherwise credited. All opinions are those of the editors or contributors. and are not necessarily the official views of the Navy Department or the U. S. Government.
Entire contents copyrighted, 1960, by OUR NAVY, Inc.
You Too Can Be A Star
In the days of iron men and wooden ships recruits were obtained from runaway boys, husbands trying to escape the shrew they married, and from felons who would take a "Navy term" rather than a jail term.
Sculpturing a Navyman out of a landlubber was usually done with the help of a "cat" liberally applied to the naked back of any one who didn't turn to — — see page 21. It did not take too long to becomeNavyailor for his Navy was just a "pop-gun" compared to the nuclear Navy of today.
Perhaps the Navy's position would be clearer if you stopped to consider what it would cost your parents to send you to college today. About eight months of college costs roughly $2,500-up. The other four months at home for food, doctors, dentists, tailor, dates, vacation and the use of pop's car—another $1,500. Multiply this by four years and your college education amounts to more than 316.000. Some jerks even get married and add this, along with maternity, to the cost of their education.
The _Xavy today could not use most of the iron men of yesterday. Today's Navy requires more brains and less brawn. To develop these modern sailors the Navy spends as much, and maybe more money, than college-bound men. But the college graduate begins to earn upon graduation, while the Navy has a complete loss when a well trained, well educated specialist leaves at the end of four years.
So the solution is clear. Trained Navymen must remain in the service. But how?
This is the job placed upon the shoulders of your Bureau of Personnel. They have tried many ways of solving this problem.
The latest, and by far the best STAR program, (Selective Training and Retention). All it is designed to do, is to keep men in and with the inducements offered a man is a fool to pass this one up (see details in the October issue of OUR NAVY).
May we add just one more thought to the Navy's problem! Why not ask all officers and men to contribute their ideas on how to keep these valuable men in the service. Career Navymen are dedicated whether they wear gold stripes or dungarees. Who knows—the Bureau of Personnel may come up with a new and better program from the men who make up the Navy.