Officer Graduation

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Officer Graduation

Postby HerbertKitch12 » 15 Aug 2016 08:50

Right several more questions, this time about officer training and graduation.

First of all, the instructors and teachers at Sandhurst, I take it they were all former soldiers? Were they addressed by the cadets as though they were teachers or officers?
When a cadet graduated, did they have one to ones with instructors and discuss where they wanted to be posted etc? Also, how was it decided which regiment a newly graduated officer would be posted to?

Slightly stupid question, did Sandhurst and such places have events, say like sports days or Cricket and Rugby matches where people could come and watch whilst the cadets pitched themselves against one and other?
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Re: Officer Graduation

Postby Redleg56 » 16 Aug 2016 01:12

For the RMC Sandhurst teaching staff, the following information is found on page 216 of "Scarlet Into Khaki, the British Army on the Eve of the Boer War", 1988 edition:

Commandant - Lieutenant-Colonel
Quartermaster
Riding Master
3 Military Professors (Officers)
20 Military Teachers (Majors and Captains). Also acted as Company Officers.
4 Civil Instructors
44 Non-Commissioned Officers acting as teachers.

To the best of my knowledge, all of the above, except for the Civil Instructors were serving Officers and NCO's posted from their Regiments/Corps to the RMC. In addition, there were a Lieutenant-General acting as the RMC Governor, 2 Surgeons and a Chaplain on the rolls.

Seems a bit odd, but there is no Adjutant listed.

As far as posting to Regiments, I believe the Foot Guards, Household Cavalry, Rifle Brigade and Kings Royal Rifle Corps required that the Colonel accept new Officers into those Regiments.

Hope this helps...

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Re: Officer Graduation

Postby zerostate » 16 Aug 2016 02:07

It should be noted that Sandhurst was not so important before 1871, because of purchase.
Also, it should be noted that officers of the Royal Artillery and Royal Engineers were educated at Woolwich, not Sandhurst.

"Cookery is the art of preparing and softening food by the action of fire, so as to render it fit for digestion" - Instructions to Military Cooks in the Preperation of Dinners at the Instructional Kitchen, Aldershot, 1878.
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Re: Officer Graduation

Postby HerbertKitch12 » 16 Aug 2016 08:42

Redleg56 wrote:For the RMC Sandhurst teaching staff, the following information is found on page 216 of "Scarlet Into Khaki, the British Army on the Eve of the Boer War", 1988 edition:

Commandant - Lieutenant-Colonel
Quartermaster
Riding Master
3 Military Professors (Officers)
20 Military Teachers (Majors and Captains). Also acted as Company Officers.
4 Civil Instructors
44 Non-Commissioned Officers acting as teachers.

To the best of my knowledge, all of the above, except for the Civil Instructors were serving Officers and NCO's posted from their Regiments/Corps to the RMC. In addition, there were a Lieutenant-General acting as the RMC Governor, 2 Surgeons and a Chaplain on the rolls.

Seems a bit odd, but there is no Adjutant listed.

As far as posting to Regiments, I believe the Foot Guards, Household Cavalry, Rifle Brigade and Kings Royal Rifle Corps required that the Colonel accept new Officers into those Regiments.

Hope this helps...

Mike


This post is very helpful, thank you. So were these the only regiments that recruits got posted to, did recruits not have an option? And what about officers who graduated low down or bottom of the class, did they not run the risk of being posted to a 'lower' post, eg transport in the West Indies or something like that.

Sorry for the random questions as ever, once more all feeback appreciated
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Re: Officer Graduation

Postby HerbertKitch12 » 16 Aug 2016 12:39

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Discovered this thread from a few years back :-)
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Re: Officer Graduation

Postby Redleg56 » 17 Aug 2016 16:16

It looks like you have some answers!

Thank you for the thread. Lots of good information!

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