I am not a believer in "selection up.” Assuming that any such method adopted will bring the best officers to the top (a very doubtful assumption), certain inevitable results will ensue.
Constant and frequent changes of seniority will take place in all grades.
So long as human nature remains the same, and naval officers are quite as human as other people, this will cause a deep-seated and unending feeling of dissatisfaction.
It will be difficult to make the officer who is jumped believe in the superior qualities of the person who is put ahead of him.
A disgruntled and discontented status will follow and continue so long as the submerged officer remains in the service.
A few officers, the lucky selected, will be happy and quite contented; the great majority will feel sore and disheartened. Result, unhappy ships, which spells inefficiency.
My experience of 43 years in the service has confirmed my early belief that no ship can be truly efficient unless the officers are contented and happy.
Under any system of marking is it possible for the officers themselves to select the best for advancement?