HC Deb 08 August 1901 vol 99 cc35-6

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. 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.