PRIZE ESSAY, JANUARY 1, 1906.
Motto: Look before you leap.
The professional atmosphere is again alive to the whisperings of promotion by selection. Like some planetary orb, "selection" has its seasons of approach and recession, and at present it appears to be on its way toward perihelion.
Its claims are pressed upon our attention, sometimes by direct exposition, sometimes indirectly by suggestion. A number of officers openly advocate it and there are reasons for believing that it finds encouragement in the higher circles of government, both legislative and executive. On the other hand, it is opposed by a large number, possibly a majority, of officers who feel that its adoption would be a serious, if not a crushing, blow to the best interests of the service.
There are some who sincerely feel and believe that they will not get what is rightfully "coming to them" without selection; and there are others who feel and believe with equal sincerity that they will not get what is rightfully "coming to them" with it.