PUBLIC LAWS-CH. 512-AUG. 7, 1947 Permanent reoom- mended list. "Deferred officer." Second onsidera- tion. Elimination from active list. Pof,p. 902 Date of appoint- mant. (f) The names of officers of any promotion list who are selected and recommended for promotion to any grade under the provisions of this section shall be carried on a permanent recommended list of officers of that promotion list for promotion to that grade. The names of those recommended by any selection board shall be entered on the applicable recommended list with the same precedence standing among themselves as exists on the applicable promotion list. No officer of any recommended list shall be appointed in the grade for which recom- mended ahead of any other officer whose name appears above his on such recommended list. (g) The phrase "deferred officer" as used in this section means any officer considered and not recommended by any selection board for the grade of captain, major, or lieutenant colonel under the provisions of this section. Each "deferred officer" shall suffer loss in precedence for promotion purposes to those officers who were recommended by the selection board which failed to recommend him, and shall suffer a reduction in his years of service for promotion purposes, if necessary, so that, one year subsequent to the time he would have been appointed in the next higher grade had he been recommended, he shall not have for promotion purposes more than seven years' service if in grade of first lieutenant, fourteen years' service if in grade of captain, and twenty-one years' service if in grade of major; however such loss in precedence for promotion purposes and such loss in years of service for promotion purposes shall not result in any loss in seniority by such "deferred officer" until his juniors are promoted to the next higher grade. (h) Deferred officers in any grade shall be considered a second time by the next selection board designated for consideration of officers of his grade and promotion list and if recommended by such board his name shall be entered on the applicable recommended list with the other officers recommended by such board and with the same precedence among themselves as exists on the applicable promotion list but below the names of officers placed on such recommended list by any earlier board. If an officer fails of selection for any grade but is subsequently recommended and promoted to that grade, his failure in the grade from which promoted shall not in any sense be counted as a failure of selection when he is subsequently considered for further promotion. If a "deferred officer" is not recommended by the next consecutive selection board, he shall, on that date which is one year and thirty days subsequent to the date on which he would have been appointed in the next higher grade had he been recommended by the first of two consecutive selection boards, be eliminated from the active list of the Regular Army and retired or separated, as the case may be (see section 514 of this title): Provided, That, if on such date, he is within two years of becoming entitled to retirement under the provisions of section 514 of this title, the date of elimination shall be the date on which he becomes entitled to retirement, rather than that hereinabove prescribed, and he shall be retained on the active list in the permanent grade held until qualified for retirement and then retired, unless sooner retired or separated under some other provision of law. (i) For the purpose of administering the provisions of this section, the date on which a deferred officer would have been appointed in the next higher grade, if he had been recommended by the first of such two consecutive selection boards, shall be counted as the date of appointment in such grade of whichever officer, junior to him on the list prior to his loss in seniority, is first to be appointed in such grade, or the date on which, had he not suffered loss in years of service, he would have completed for promotion purposes, seven years' service 896 [61 STAT.