Public, No. 637]
To increase the number of brigadier generals of the line of the Regular Army by four.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the number of brigadier generals of the line of the Regular Army is hereby increased from forty-six to fifty, and hereafter upon the appointment of an officer below the rank of brigadier general to be chief of Infantry, Cavalry, Field Artillery, or Coast Artillery, he shall at the same time be appointed to be a permanent brigadier general of the line and an increase in the number of brigadier generals for this purpose is hereby authorized: Provided, That no further appointments to the grade of brigadier general of the line shall thereafter be made until the total number thereof shall be less than fifty: Provided further, That the selection of chief of branch shall not be limited to the list of brigadier generals.
Approved, May 28, 1940.