HC Deb 19 October 1915 vol 74 cc1597-8
27. Mr. R. McNEILL

asked the Under-Secretary of State for War for what reason temporary commissions are refused to men who enlisted at the beginning of the War for full engagement in the Regular Army when recommended by their commanding officer, while such commissions are given to men in the New Army under similar conditions; and if he will take steps to abolish a rule or practice which discriminates to the disadvantage of men who were the most prompt to answer the call to serve the country on the outbreak of War?


Warrant and non-commissioned officers who are serving in the Regular Army on ordinary peace attestations are, if recommended by their commanding officers and considered suitable, promoted to permanent commissions in the Regular Army, and are granted higher rates of pay and of outfit allowance than other officers. It is not considered desirable to promote such men to temporary commissions for the period of the War only, as their position for the remainder of their Army engagement would be an anomalous one.