§ MAJOR F. C. RASCH (Essex, S.E.)
I beg to ask the Financial Secretary to the War Office whether, seeing that a service of twelve continuous years is necessary for a sergeant's pension in that rank, he would consider the possibility of allowing all service in the rank of sergeant to count for non-commissioned officers' pension in the case of a man who has been reduced and subsequently again promoted?
§ MR. BRODRICK
A sergeant's pension, though not at the highest rate, can be earned by three years' service in the ranks, and higher rates of pension accrue after each subsequent three years' continuous service in the ranks, up to 12 years. The object of the warrant is to secure, as far as possible, exemplary conduct on the part of non-commissioned officers—so necessary for the well-being of the Army. The non-commissioned officer who has been reduced to the ranks could not receive full pension without reducing the incentive to good conduct.