Purpose of the Type S Engagement The British Army uses the Type S engagement for all officer pre-career service and in some cases to afford Army Reserve soldiers an opportunity for Regular service. Direct Entry Officers All those who are not in Regular service are attested to a Type S engagement on entry to the… Read More
What is the Officers’ Association?
Introduction The Officers’ Association (OA) is a British charity supporting military ex-officers and their families, founded in 1920. Background It received a Royal Charter on 10 June 1921 and is closely associated with The Royal British Legion. The Officers’ Association has a history of supporting officers and their dependents. It has historically helped to address… Read More
Who was David Niven?
Introduction James David Graham Niven (01 March 1910 to 29 July 1983) was an English actor, memoirist and novelist. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Major Pollock in Separate Tables (1958). Other noted roles included Squadron Leader Peter Carter in A Matter of Life and Death, Phileas Fogg in… Read More
What is Conduct Unbecoming?
Introduction Conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman (or conduct unbecoming for short) is an offense that is subject to court martial in the armed forces of some nations. Use in the United Kingdom The phrase was used as a charge in courts martial of the British Armed Forces in the 18th and early 19th… Read More
What are Temporary Gentlemen?
Introduction Temporary gentlemen (sometimes abbreviated to TG) is a colloquial term referring to officers of the British Army who held temporary (or war-duration) commissions, particularly when such men came from outside the traditional “officer class”. Historically the officers of the British Army were drawn from the gentry and upper middle classes and the expensive uniforms… Read More
“An officer is expected and required to present a smart appearance, and to maintain his clothing and equipment in a clean, neat, and serviceable condition. He must conform strictly to regulations, so that he may establish the standard for the enlisted men of his organization. His carriage should be upright, and he should show life… Read More
Dignified in Conduct…
“An officer should, at all times, be digniﬁed in his conduct. Dignity is nothing more than the avoidance of coarse behaviour. It requires the control of one’s emotions. To be profane, boisterous, or “loud‐mouthed” is to be coarse. An officer who makes a spectacle of himself by being loud, or by losing his temper on… Read More
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