HC Deb 30 June 1902 vol 110 cc305-6
MAJOR RASCII (Essex, Chelmsford)

beg to ask the Secretary of State for War whether the special recruit class has been abolished for the Regular Forces; and, if so, whether any minimum standard of height and chest measurement remains.


No recruit has, since 1st April, been accepted unless he fulfilled certain conditions of chest measurement and chest expansion. As regards height, there is a minimum and a maximum standard, which vary according to the arm of the service, but the Adjutant-General has power to approve desirable recruits who do not fulfil the conditions of height. The percentage of Specials last year, which was about thirty-three, has dropped to about twelve since the 1st April.


What is the minimum height and chest measurement?


I cannot say off hand.