HC Deb 18 May 1916 vol 82 cc1640-1

asked whether all non-commissioned officers recommended for commissions have to go to Cadet Corps no matter how long they have served in the Expeditionary Forces abroad, and, if so, whether they have to go through the full course of four months; whether they are posted to the branch of the forces or of the regiments they have applied for; and whether steps will be taken to prevent waste of time in the case of those who are fully trained already in minor duties?


The answer to the first three lines of the question is in the affirmative except in the case of those who have previously served as officers or those possessing certain technical qualifications for appointment. Cadets can pass out before the full course is completed. Their wishes are met as far as possible as regards units in which they wish to serve. A syllabus is being drawn up by the General Staff with a view to fitting candidates for the duties of officers in the shortest possible time. It is not the desire of the General Staff, who are responsible for conducting the operations, that time should be wasted any more than it is that of the hon. Member.