If you have orders to sea duty, the chances are that you have only a vague idea of what is expected of Marines in the fleet. There are not enough billets for Marine officers at sea to enable all to get this assignment even once. Captains now being ordered to sea duty have not, except in a few instances, been to sea as Marine officers before. New second lieutenants find themselves projected into a status quite novel to most of them. The situation a few years hence, when these same second lieutenants return to sea duty as captains, will be different from that which now exists.
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