The act approved March 3, 1931, (S550) “to regulate the distribution and promotion of commissioned officers of the line of the Navy, and for other purposes” is usually called the Britten Bill. Line officers below the grade of rear admiral are interested or should be interested in the Britten Bill, for it probably will exercise a powerful influence in their careers.
Unfortunately, the Britten Bill is not easy to understand. Its language is detailed, precise, and formal, as is necessary for legislation, but even a full understanding of its language does not ensure an understanding of the working of the bill. The writer has therefore not only prepared an informal exposition of the bill but has prepared two graphs or charts to illustrate its operation.