It is essential that officers be promoted who will be best qualified to lead in battle. They must have other qualifications, such as good administrative and technical ability and a wide array of knowledge also, but the rest of the Navy must have absolute confidence in those selected. Should the less qualified personnel be selected there will come a time in battle in which the Navy will fail because of its leadership.
Like begets like, and inadequate personnel, once they have moved up sufficiently to be on a selection board, will themselves be apt to select other inadequate personnel.
very high,Otherwise the officer corps will decay and decay rapidly, and there will be no effective combat Navy if this happens.
well known, and
maintained with integrity.
From NAVPERS 91195; December 1950