HC Deb 07 April 1892 vol 3 cc860-1

I beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether, as the new "Infantry Drill" provides for only one major in a battalion, the junior majors of battalions of the Reserve Forces will be obliged to resign their commissions; or, if not, what arrangement can be made for retaining these officers?


In the Regular Forces the Majors (except the one who is second in command) are company commanders, and in the new "Infantry Drill" it is only necessary to define the position of three mounted officers—namely, the commanding officer of the battalion, the second in command, and the adjutant. There is no suggestion that the junior majors of battalions of Militia and Volunteers should resign. Their duties would naturally be defined by their commanding officer.