Using examples from past American wars, and in particular, the U.S. Civil War, this paper examines some of the precedents for a program that puts fairly young officers in high command. The author points out both the advantages and disadvantages of a system that promotes young officers to command positions, outlines the basis of the current promotion and command selection systems in the U.S. armed forces, and concludes that there is little justification for changing the present arrangement.
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