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STATUTES AT LARGE.

Act of March 3, 1883 (22 Stats., 564). AN ACT prescribing regulations for the Soldiers' Home, located at Washington, in

the District of Columbia, and for other purposes.

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Sec. 10. That the board of commissioners of the Soldiers' Home shall hereafter consist of

the Adjutant-General,

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Act of February 28, 1887 (24 Stats., 434). AN ACT to effect a rearrangement of grades of office in the Adjutant-General's De

partment of the Army. That the Adjutant-General's Department of the Army shall consist of one Adjutant-General, with the rank, pay, and emoluments of brig. adier-general; four assistant adjutants-general, with the rank, pay, and emoluments of colonel; six assistant adjuntants-general, with the rank, pay, and emoluments of lieutenant-colonel; and six assistant adjutantsgeneral, with the rank, pay, and emoluments of major: Provided, That the vacancies in the grade of colonel and lieutenant-colonel created by this act shall be filled by the promotion by seniority of the officers now in the Adjutant-General's Department.

Act of August 6, 1894 (28 Stats., 233). AN ACT making appropriations for the support of the Army for the fiscal year end

ing June thirtieth, eighteen hundred and ninety-five, and for other purposes.

FOR PAY OF THE GENERAL STAFF.

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Adjutant-General's Department:

Provided, That there shall be no appointment of assistant adjutant-general with the rank of major until the number of such officers in that grade shall be reduced below four and thereafter the number of such officers in that grade shall be fixed at four, and hereafter all appointments to fill vacancies in the lowest grade in the Adjutant-General's,

Department, respectively, shall be made from the next lowest grade in the line of the Army.

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Act of April 22, 1898 (30 Stats., 361). AN ACT to provide for temporarily increasing the military establishment of the

United States in time of war, and for other purposes.

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SEC. 10. That the staff of the commander of an army corps shall consist of one assistant adjutant-general, .. who shall have, the rank of lieutenant-colonel; one assistant adjutant-general, who shall have the rank of captain.. The staff of the commander of a division shall consist of one assistant adjutant-general,

who shall have, the rank of major.

The staff of the commander of a brigade shall consist of one assistant adjutant-general,

with the rank of captain.

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Act of May 18, 1898 (30 Stats., 419).

AN ACT to provide for the increased volume of work in the Adjutant-General's

Department of the Army, due to the calling out of volunteers and the increase of the Regular Army.

That the President is authorized, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, to appoint one assistant adjutant-general with the rank of colonel, and one assistant adjutant-general with the rank of major: Provided, That the vacancy created in the grade of colonel by this act shall be filled by the promotion of officers now in the Adjutant-General's Department according to seniority, and that upon the mustering out of the volunteer forces and the reduction of the Regular Army to a peace basis no appointments shall be made in the Adjutant-General's Department until the number of officers in each grade in that department shall be reduced to the number authorized by the law in force prior to the passage of this act.

J. R., June 29, 1898 (30-749). Prohibition of purchase of books and periodicals by act of March 15, 1898, and limitation, in section 1179, Revised Statutes, of amount to be expended not to apply to the Military Information Division of the AdjutantGeneral's Office.

Act of March 2, 1899 (30 Vats., 977).

AN ACT for increasing the efficiency of the Army of the United States, and for other

purposes.

That from and after the date of approval of this act the Army of the United States shall consist of

an Adjutant-General's Department,

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SEC. 6. That the Adjutant-General's

Department shall consist of the number of officers now in those departments, respectively: Provided, That vacancies in the grade of major occurring in either department shall hereafter be filled from captains in the line of the Army: And provided further, That all such captains who have evinced marked aptitude in the command of troops shall be reported by their regimental commanders to the War Department and shall be entitled to compete for any such vacancy under such system of examination as the President shall prescribe.

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SEC. 14. That the President is hereby authorized to continue in service, or to appoint, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, officers of the volunteer staff as follows:

Three assistant adjutants-general with the rank of lieutenant-colonel, and six assistant adjutants-general with the rank of major.

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AN ACT making appropriations for the support of the Military Academy for the fiscal

year ending June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and one, and for other purposes.

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Sec. 3. That the Adjutant-General of the Army shall have the rank, pay, and allowances of a major-general in the Army of the United States, and on his retirement shall receive the retired pay of that rank: Provided, That whenever a vacancy shall occur in the office of Adjutant-General on the expiration of the service of the present incumbent the Adjutant-General shall thereafter have the rank, pay, and allowances of a brigadier-general.

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Act of February 2, 1901 (31 Stats., -). AN ACT to increase the efficiency of the permanent military establishment of the

United States. That from and after the approval of this act the Army of the United States,

shall consist of an Adjutant-General's Department,

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SEC. 13. That the Adjutant-General's Department shall consist of one Adjutant-General with the rank of major-general, and when a vacancy shall occur in the office of Adjutant-General on the expiration of the service of the present incumbent, by retirement or otherwise, the Adjutant-General shall thereafter have the rank and pay of a brigadier-general, five assistant adjutants-general with the rank of colonel, seven assistant adjutants-general with the rank of lieutenantcolonel, and fifteen assistant adjutants-general with the rank of major: Provided, That all vacancies created or caused by this section shall, as far as possible, be filled by promotion according to seniority of officers of the Adjutant-General's Department.

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SEC. 26. That so long as there remain any officers holding permanent appointments in the Adjutant-General's Department,

including those appointed to original vacancies in the grades of captain and first lieutenant under the provisions of sections sixteen, seventeen, twenty-one, and twenty-four of this act, they shall be promoted according to seniority in the several grades, as now provided by law, and nothing herein contained shall be deemed to apply to vacancies which can be filled by such promotions or to the periods for which the officers so promoted shall hold their appointments, and when any vacancy, except that of the chief of the department or corps, shall occur, which can not be filled by promotion as provided in this section, it shall be filled by detail from the line of the Army, and no more permanent appointments shall be made in those departments or corps after the original vacancies created by this act shall have been filled. Such details shall be made from the grade in which the vacancies exist, under such system of examination as the President may from time to time prescribe.

All officers so detailed shall serve for a period of four years, at the expiration of which time they shall return to duty with the line, and officers below the rank of lieutenant-colonel shall not again be eligible for selection in any staff department until they shall have served two years with the line.

That when vacancies shall occur in the position of chief of any staff corps or department the President may appoint to such vacancies, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, officers of the Army at large not below the rank of lieutenant-colonel, and who shall hold office

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for terms of four years. When a vacancy in the position of chief of any staff corps or department is filled by the appointment of an officer below the rank now provided by law for said office, said chief shall, while so serving, have the same rank, pay, and allowances now provided for the chief of such corps or department. And any officer now holding office in any corps or department who shall hereafter serve as chief of a staff corps or department and shall subsequently be retired, shall be retired with the rank, pay, and allowances authorized by law for the retirement of such corps or department chief: Provided, That so long as there remain in service officers of any staff corps or department holding permanent appointments, the chief of such staff corps or department shall be selected from the officers so remaining therein.

SEC. 27. That each position vacated by officers of the line, transferred to any department of the staff for tours of service under this act, shall be filled by promotion in the line until the total number detailed equals the number authorized for duty in each staff department. Thereafter vacancies caused by details from the line to the staff shall be filled by officers returning from tours of staff duty. If under the operation of this act the number of officers returned to any particular arm of the service at any time exceeds the number authorized by law in any grade, promotions to that grade shall cease until the number has been reduced to that authorized.

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AN ACT making appropriation for the support of the Army for the fiscal year end

ing June thirtieth, nineteen hundred and two.

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Provided, That appointments to fill original vacancies in the lowest grade in the Adjutant-General's Department,

may be made from officers of volunteers commissioned since April twenty-first, eighteen hundred and ninety-eight.

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III.—THE INSPECTOR-GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT.

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