The selection and promotion system for officers in the U.S. Navy has followed an oscillating course for the past two generations. Though this system has been oriented toward a single goal, the promotion of the best fitted or most qualified officers, its environment and its inherent weaknesses have caused it to vacillate sufficiently to cast some doubt on the system's ability to achieve this goal in all cases.
"Automating the Naval Officer Selection and Promotion System,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 25
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol25/iss7/4