March 1917

The American System of Discipline

Volume 2, Issue 1

IN the Act of August 29, 1916 (Naval Appropriation Act), there is a provision "That the Naval Militia shall be subject to the system of discipline prescribed for the United States Navy and Marine Corps." A question having arisen as to the meaning of the words, "system of discipline," as used in this act, the opinion of the Judge Advocate General of the Navy was requested in the premises. In preparing his opinion, a careful historical study was made and the following extract from the Journals of Congress, March 29, 1779 (vol. 5, page 90), was quoted:

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