When the present system was introduced abundant opportunity was offered to study the psychology of the individual in regard to the shoe question. Upon a careful investigation at this camp (Quantico, Va.), concurring with similar investigations at different camps throughout the country the following characteristic points of the recruit were noted:

1. An inherent reluctance of the recruit to cooperate and to accept "something that was new" as conclusive evidence.

2. Personal vanity played a great part. Feet were often jammed in shoes one to one and a half sizes too small for them.

3. Absolute ignorance of his own shoe size.

4. Ignorance of the fact that fitting must be practiced with the point of view that the feet expand due to burdens borne and subsequent development from training.

5. Ignorance of the difference between the Marine Corps (Military) Last and the Civilian Last.

6. Ignorance of the corresponding sock size.

The system as used at present is not infallible. The detail of men engaged in the work must be previously trained; show an esprit of cooperation; care for and note constantly the condition of the machine; work with speed but not unnecessary haste; work accurately and demonstrate good judgment.

In measuring the feet and fitting large members of men the following deviations of shoes from the accepted standard were noted:

1. Shoes too short.

2. Shoes too narrow.

Although shoes were sometimes found too large either in width or length this class was decidedly in the minority.