Naval Personnel Legislation
(SEE PAGE 1607, WHOLE No. 148, Vol. 39, DEC. 1913)
LIEUTENANT W. W. BRADLEY, JR., U. S. Navy.—As yet there is a decided opposition on the part of the majority of the line officers in the service to any system of promotion by selection. In almost every case, this opposition is caused by the supposed inability of the department to design any system whereby even a reasonable degree of fairness would prevail in the selection of the officers for promotion. In only a very small number of cases have I heard an officer state that he should not be willing to take his chances if he were convinced that an impartial system of selection could be devised.
Of course, it is not at all probable that an entirely impartial method of selection, free from all political and service influences, can be devised, but the condition of the Navy List (for those near the bottom) is becoming such that some method of selection must soon be adopted.