National Defense: The Way to Promotion and Pay

In war, peace & preparedness, the U.S. Army's rules for promoting officers have run on steel-straight rails: promotions to the grade of general officer, temporary or permanent, are made solely on the basis of selection; promotion to grades lower than general were based solely on seniority.

But during the last six months increasing complaints have come from Regular officers that the seniority principle is being kicked around in most unmilitary fashion. Chief beef: in many instances a Regular finds himself outranked by a reservist who is far & away junior to him.

Last week the War Department gave sympathetic ear to the...

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