Order in Council of 18 October, 1900
Order in Council
WHEREAS by Your Majesty's Order in Council of the nineteenth of May, 1899, it was provided that, to qualify a Captain whose seniority brings him in turn for advancement to the Active List of Flag Officers, he must have served certain periods in command, of which three years must in any case have been in a ship of war at sea.
And whereas it has been found that the condition that a Captain should be in command, so far as it relates to periods other than the three years required in a ship of war at sea, operates unfairly in cases of Officers holding certain appointments who are precluded from counting time so served for promotion by reason of their not being actually in command, but who, notwithstanding, are performing duties of great importance to Your Majesty's Fleet.
We are of opinion that, whilst the actual period of service required for promotion should remain unaltered, the qualification "in command" should be required only as regards the three years' service in a ship of war at sea, and we accordingly most humbly submit the following amended regulation for Your Majesty's approval, viz:—
"To qualify a Captain whose seniority brings him in turn for advancement to the Active List of Flag Officers he must have served the following periods, of which three years must in each case have been in command of a 'ship of war at sea':—
|During peace||six years.|
|During war||four years.|
|During peace and war combined||five years.|
"Note.—The first two years' service to qualify for advancement to Flag rank must be in command of a ship of war at sea.
"Captains who arrive at their turn for promotion without having completed the qualifying service to be retired."
- The Orders in Council for the Regulation of the Naval Service. VIII. p. 146.
- The Orders in Council for the Regulation of the Naval Service. Vol. VIII. London: For His Majesty's Stationary Office. 1903.