HC Deb 14 March 1912 vol 35 cc1279-80

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War what is the method of selecting officers who have become majors for further promotion out of their order of seniority; and whether he is aware of the dissatisfaction as to the working of the present method?

Colonel SEELY

The promotion of majors to the substantive rank of lieutenant-colonel is made from officers having at least two years' service as majors on the recommendation of the Selection Board. I am not aware of any general dissatisfaction as to the working of the present system.


asked the Undersecretary of State for War if, whereas officers on the active list in the Regular Army and in the Territorial Forces are exempt from service as sheriff, officers on the active list in the Special Reserve are not so exempt; and, if so, what is the reason for the difference?

Colonel SEELY

Officers on the Special Reserve of officers and the bulk of the Territorial officers are treated in this respect similarly to officers of the Militia. Such exemption as is allowed to officers of the Territorial Force is confined to field officers, and was regarded as a very special concession. It is not proposed to extend this concession to the Special Reserve of officers.

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