Jellicoe was promoted to the rank of Commander on 30 June, 1891, and remained on duty at the Admiralty. By now he had had been engaged on staff work for five years. In 1902, before a committee on promotions, he was asked by Admiral Sir Michael Culme-Seymour, Bart., "Did you find any drawback, being yourself so long on a staff appointment?" Jellicoe replied, "Yes, I did; I made every effort, the moment I was promoted to get to sea; and if I had not got to sea as quickly as I did, I think I should have been a failure."
- The London Gazette: no. 26188. p. 4070. 31 July, 1891.
- Minutes of Evidence. p. 32.The National Archives. ADM 116/881.