Saturday, 8 April 2017

Japanese navy depending even more on volunteers according to the Dutch magazine Marineblad dated 1923

An item referred to the Naval and Military Record reporting that the Japanese naval personnel strength was to be intensively increased due to the Washington Naval Conference (1). This was mainly achieved by increasing the sea militia which had to serve for 3 years and just a little but by increasing the numbers of volunteers who had to serve for 6 years. The result was that volunteers now formed 80-85% of the personnel strength in stead of the 70% in the past.

1. Result of the Washington Naval Conference between November 1921-February 1922 was the Washington Naval Treaty signed by USA, England, Japan, Italy and France to limit the building of battleships, battle cruisers and aircraft carriers and to limit the possession of such capital ships by stopping completion of breaking up already existing.