This appears to be a case of divided responsibility, according to Marine Corps Orders No. 7 85, (4) and 185, (5) (Series 1916), the responsibility rests largely with the company commander.

The situation is analogous to sanitation. The regulation requires the commanding officer to be responsible for the sanitary condition of his station, yet requires the medical officers to take the initiative in making necessary recommendations.

Although there is nothing explicit in the Regulations on this subject, it is well to assume that, on account of certain technical matters involved, the medical department should act in the advisory capacity, and take the initiative whenever the occasion arises. This is in accord with our experiences at this Post (Quantico, Va )