Captain T. W. Kinkaid, U. S. Navy.—I am glad to see the "selecting-up" idea put into print. Whether the selection be made by a "committee of the whole" or by the dozen or so officers nearest the top of the grade above, the idea is sound, and if adopted should remove the main objection to promotion by selection.
Promotion up to and including the grade of lieutenant should be by seniority, as suggested by the author. After that, all promotion should be by selecting up.
Age in grade retirement is of course a necessary accompaniment of promotion by selection; and this, in turn, would appear to call for a naval reserve for the utilization of the retired officers. The author's plan to provide a refuge for surplus lieutenants by putting them into the staff corps would work well for the line, but might not be the best possible arrangement for the staff. According to what system would the staff officers be promoted?