33 U.S. Code § 3023 - Promotion of ensigns to grade of lieutenant (junior grade)

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(a) In general
An officer in the permanent grade of ensign shall be promoted to and appointed in the grade of lieutenant (junior grade) upon completion of three years of service. The authorized number of officers in the grade of lieutenant (junior grade) shall be temporarily increased as necessary to authorize such appointment.
(b) Separation of ensigns found not fully qualified
If an officer in the permanent grade of ensign is at any time found not fully qualified, the officer’s commission shall be revoked and the officer shall be separated from the commissioned service.


(Pub. L. 107–372, title II, § 223,Dec. 19, 2002, 116 Stat. 3085.)
Prior Provisions

Provisions similar to those in this section were contained in section 853e of this title prior to repeal by Pub. L. 107–372.
Delegation of Functions

Functions of President under subsec. (b) of this section delegated to Secretary of Commerce by section 1(a) of Ex. Ord. No. 11023, May 28, 1962, 27 F.R. 5131, as amended, set out as a note under section 301 of Title 3, The President.


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