Education: Ready for Duty

At the U.S. service academies last week it was the Army's 161st graduation, the Navy's 109th, the Coast Guard's 73rd, the Air Force's first (TIME. June 1)—and each in its way was unlike any in memory. Items:

¶ All classes graduated on the same day. By so doing, all newly commissioned officers (630 Navy, 446 Army, 331 Air Force, 79 Coast Guard) started seniority at the same time. Reason: growing armed forces unification and the need for an equalizer when officers of different services meet in unified jobs.

¶ Under a new law, 12½%;...

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