HC Deb 15 June 1871 vol 207 c69

asked the Secretary of State for War, Whether the re-engagement of a soldier (whose conduct and health are good) for service with the standards from period to period up to twenty-one years will be allowed to rest solely with himself and his commanding officer; if he will state what will be the considerable changes which he has announced to be his intention to make in the future appointments of Volunteer Adjutants; and, whether he has any intention of making any alterations in the present appointment and duties of Volunteer Adjutants?


Sir, the re-engagement of a short-service soldier will depend upon the military authorities on the one side and the soldier himself on the other. It is in contemplation to appoint adjutants to the Reserve forces from regiments of the Army, supernumeraries, for a limited time, and with power of renewal, if their services are satisfactory. It is intended that all the permanent Staff of the Reserve forces shall be under the direction of the major-general commanding in the district and the colonels on the Staff, so as to be generally available for the purposes of recruiting for the Army as well as for the purposes of the Reserve forces.