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Wednesday, 4 July 1906


Mr EWING - I am informed -

1   . Many responsible, and some of the highest positions in the Imperial Army are held by officers who have not passed an examination in " tactical fitness to command." That is the examination laid down for appointment as Second in Command, or to the rank of lieutenantcolonel, and is the final examination required of any officer. Similar examinations are provided for officers of the Commonwealth Military Forces.

2.   The only position in the Imperial Service corresponding to that of the Inspector-General of the Military Forces of the Commonwealth is that of Inspector-General of the Imperial Army, now held by H.R.H. the Duke of Connaught, and it is understood that he has not passed the examination referred to, but on this point I regret I cannot adequately inform the honorable member, as it has only been in operation since about 1899, previous to which the examination for substantive rank of Major was the final examination in both the Imperial Army and the Military Forces of the various colonies of Australia.

3.   Yes.

4.   As regards the Permanent Forces, the following officers have qualified under the Commonwealth Regulations : -

Major J.W. Parnell.

Major andBrevet Lieut. Col. H. G. Chauvel,

C.   M.G.,

Major V.C. M. Sellheim, C.B.

Major J.G. Legge.

Major andBrevet Lieut. Col. G. L. Lee, D. S.O.

Major W.G. Patterson.

As regards the Citizen Forces, particulars can be supplied later, if so desired. In a letter received from Lieut-Col. Bridges, dated 31stMay, that officer states that he was allowed to present himself for examination as to tactical fitness to command, and that he has received the certificate under Appendix Villa, of the King's Regulations.

There was no necessity for Lieut.-Col. Bridges to submit himself for examination as he is already a substantive lieutenant-colonel.







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