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ISBN-13: 9780912799759

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Spaatz objected that he was too old (forty-four and only six years from retirement) and that he had no interest in the operation of an infantry division. "82 He felt some relief, though, that the course had been reduced from two years to one. True to character, Spaatz, as he had done twenty-one years earlier at West Point, did barely enough course work to pass, finishing 94th out of 121. He made little attempt to conceal his contempt for the failure of the courses to contain a meaningful appreciation of air power.

S. Army officer corps as the most junior 2d lieutenant and, if he lived long enough, advanced to colonel as the men on the list ahead of him left the service. Considerations of merit or ability did not modify one’s relative position on the list, and there was no selection scheme to advance deserving and active officers over the heads of the superannuated. The system provided for voluntary retirement at thirty years of service and mandatory retirement at age sixty-four. The list did not apply to general officers’ promotions, which were by selection.

S. Army (such as cavalry, infantry, artillery, and quartermaster) had maintained its own separate promotion list, so some officers were promoted faster than others of equal ability and time of service. To remedy this perceived flaw, Congress, in the National Defense Act of 1920, combined all Regular Army promotion lists into a single list, providing that no officer would hold a relative position on the combined list lower than the one he held on his branch list at the time of the bill’s passage.

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