If the naval service is to be maintained at a high state of efficiency, new legislation affecting the commissioned line officer personnel is imperative. That this is recognized by the Navy Department is shown by the authorities having listed the Britten Bill as item number one for consideration by Congress at its coming session. That the necessity for such legislation is not apparent to a large part of the service is evident to the writer from conversations had with many officers. It is also apparent that of those who appreciate the need for new legislation, many are not in favor of the proposed bill, in parts or in toto, due either to a misunderstanding or misconception of the features involved, or to a belief that promotion by selection is wrong in principle and that the navy should revert to promotion by seniority.
Is Enactment of the Britten Bill Desirable?
By Captain J. K. Taussig, U. S. Navy