Pen and ink sketches of military subjects by IgnotusPen and ink sketches of military subjects by Ignotus

Pen and ink sketches of military subjects


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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1882 Excerpt: ... XXIII. INCONVENIENCES OP MILITARY REFORM. Not long ago we called attention to the increased educational demands which are now made on the British officer, and which have been necessitated by the rapid march of military science. We gave in detail the nature of the examinations which have to be passed by each rank, and we remarked on the fact that no amount of good service in the field will, according to the General Order, be allowed, as heretofore, to serve in lieu of examination, but that all must pass before they can hope for advancement in the service. This is doubtless right and proper; for the principal feature of modern war is the responsibility which may at any moment devolve upon subordinates; and to allow an army to take the field with uninstructed officers would be simply suicidal. Let us, therefore, by all means have our officers professionally educated to as high a standard as possible; but at the same time, unless we are much mistaken, there is a somewhat serious question connected with this subject, which will present itself before very long. October 1, 1881. Before beginning to discuss it, we must first of all consider the relations which exist between the British officer and the State which employs him. They are very far from being the relations which usually exist between employer and servant. When the Royal Commission on promotion and retirement was sitting, one of its chief difficulties was found in the fact that inquiry into the systems of promotion and retirement in force in foreign armies was useless, inasmuch as the position of our officers has no parallel in any army in the world. It is peculiar and unique. With us, officers enter the service of their own free will, and leave it whenever they choose. The scale of pay which they recei...
Title:Pen and ink sketches of military subjectsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:62 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.13 inPublished:February 6, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0217245838

ISBN - 13:9780217245838