HC Deb 09 July 1897 vol 50 cc1466-7

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for War whether the standard of height for recruits for the Foot Guards has been reduced during the last six months?


On May 8 the standard of the Foot Guards was reduced from 5 ft.81/2 in. to 5 ft. 8 in.. for men over 20 years of age, and 5 ft. 7 in. for recruits who are younger.

DR. FARQUIEARSON (Aberdeenshire, W.)

asked whether the reason for the reduction of the standard was that there had been an increased difficulty in obtaining recruits during the last six months?


Whenever there is an increase in the number of the Army the standard is reduced. The standard now adopted is that which has been in force in the Guards for many years.