World Battlefronts: MEN AT WAR: Lieutenant Super Grade

Some Navy two-stripers, despairing of promotion to lieutenant commander, have taken matters in their own hands, they told a Pacific Fleet correspondent of the New York Times last week. Their straight-faced solution: the creation of the consoling rank, "Lieutenant Super Grade."

To qualify, officers must have been lieutenants senior grade for 24 to 29 months, "while their civilian contemporaries in the Army have become colonels and brigadier generals." They will be entitled to wear a neon star with blinker, and cap covers with a center rosette ringed with a one-half-inch band of phosphorescent material. Shirt collars and cuffs will...

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