How many times has this phrase meant the realization of our fondest hopes or bitter disappointment? Whether it is the one or the other, we must all at some time have wondered what goes on within the portals of the Detail Office. It is therefore my purpose in this short article to give some idea of the interior workings of this office by briefly outlining the mechanics of keeping all the round holes filled with round pegs.
In general, the assignment to duty of officers falls naturally into two parts; the purely mechanical process of determining the billets which will be vacated during a specified period; and the selection of the proper officers to fill these vacancies. The elements which enter into the latter are: rotation of duty, rank and experience, fitness, and personal desire.