If you are assigned to duty in the Aleutians, the first thing you ought to do is to overcome your desire to outfit yourself like an Arctic explorer. You won’t need a reindeer-hide parka, snowshoes, or a team of malamutes. As a matter of fact, there isn’t anything that you need to go out and buy. The islands have become a chain of stations stretching west for a thousand miles across the North Pacific and the Bering Sea. They all have supply depots and ships service stores, and you’ll find that experience has made the officers in charge very familiar with clothing and equipment needs. They will issue you some articles that you may not expect. You’ll get special flight gear, of course, but don’t be surprised if you also get some Army equipment-trousers, shirts, and boots, for instance. The reason for this is that life on a base in the Aleutians is more like that of the Army than the Navy, and you dress accordingly. …….