Naval Politics, 1971-1983
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Naval Politics, 1971-1983 book
The tone of politically oriented articles mentioning the navy in the public press was unchanged. The navy was steering a middle course, showing due regard to ideological cultivation but giving at least equal emphasis to tactical and technical training. Starting in 1974 and continuing through 1976, the radical-controlled press published a stream of articles in which naval personnel mouthed current slogans. The re-education or genteel retirement of the Young Schoolers was an early order of business set by the modernizers. A barometer of the campaign's progress is available in the shift in the personalities associated with the navy's leadership. In April 1978, the navy began an "investigation, consolidation, and transformation" movement, in which 6,000 political officers in 700 work teams visited virtually every operational and staff unit. Senior navy officers were encouraged to leave their headquarters offices frequently and to investigate operational conditions in person. The navy was exhorted to use every possible means to raise its scientific and educational level.