The Navy’s current system for developing Unrestricted Line officers is stretched to the breaking point. External realities and circumstances unique to the Cold War produced the existing system. Changed conditions now necessitate reform and point to a comprehensive “three track” system for line officers.
Stavridis, James and Hagerott, Mark
"The Heart of an Officer—Joint, Interagency, and International Operations and Navy Career Development,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 62
, Article 5.
Available at: http://digital-commons.usnwc.edu/nwc-review/vol62/iss2/5