§ COLONEL LEGGE
I beg to ask the Secretary for State for War if he can explain why officers joining a regiment or corps on exchange or from half-pay are allowed to retain their Army seniority, whereas officers recalled from the Reserve are deprived of theirs.
A Reserve officer has no rank until he is recalled to duty. A regimental officer takes rank in his† See preceding volume, page 1033.36 regiment or corps from the date of appointment to it. If his Army rank bears a different date to his regimental rank, he carries his Army rank date, for purposes of precedence and command, only when serving together with officers of other corps.