IT takes a good line officer to make a good paymaster. This is axiomatic. It has been the experience of the writer that only such officers as have demonstrated their ability as line officers attain the efficiency necessary to become valuable paymasters within the period of four years of their detail. There is, of course, an exception to this rule, it being applied to that class of detailed line officers who were previously, for many years, pay clerks in the Marine Corps.
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