The present stagnation in promotion is a standing menace to the efficiency of the navy; a menace steadily increasing until it will become insupportable. It behooves the navy itself and all authority which control legislation to look the matter squarely in the face.
Selection out, never a remedy, is doomed. There remains “selection up" or the present method by seniority; a condition which, quoting the chief of the bureau of navigation, will retire the present ensign the day he receives his commission as a rear admiral.
Convinced many years ago that “selection up” as in other navies was the only remedy, I have given the subject long and careful study, but in all plans I was always confronted with the specter of favoritism, until I formulated the idea of using the personal equation and to have the selection made by officers in the grade next above the one from which selections were to be made.
I admit this is a radical method which I have developed, but, if carefully considered, will be found entirely practical, and it abolishes the lurking fear of favoritism.