This somewhat ponderous volume contains a mass of valuable material, the product of the combined experience of a number of high officers in varied fields. It is a working manual, practical as a guide for new officers and a refresher for older men, who need to catch up with today's regulations. Educational system, first station uniforms and equipment, duties of a line officer, customs of the service, foreign service, shore and sea duty, military law and naval discipline, responsibility of leadership, work on small ships and large -- all this and more is included. There is a section devoted to women of the Navy, the Waves and the Navy Nurses. The book is unfortunately heavy to handle, and the photographic reproductions leave much to be desired.