Battalion Duties—General Remarks—Officers
Officers should be courteous at all times to all ranks, and must return salutes in a soldierly manner.
Notes for Commanding Officers, Issued to Students at the Senior Officers' School, Aldershot, 1917 (5th Course)
1. Every officer must learn the history of his Regiment and endeavour to make history for it. He must inspire his men with the desire to emulate the deeds of their predecessors.
2. Officers must be careful as to the smartness and correctness of their dress. Spurs are only worn dismounted by Field Officers and Adjutants.
3. Gambling is prohibited.
4. Standing drinks in the mess is not allowed.
5. Practical joking leads to trouble, and is therefore forbidden.
6. Officers unable to perform their duties through sickness must report at once to their Officer Commanding Company, and the Adjutant must be informed.
7. Officers must be present when the Commanding Officer or Second-in-Command inspects a unit under their command.
8. An officer may not change duty with another without permission of the Adjutant.
9. Officers much consider duty first, amusement after; they must obtain a thorough knowledge of all their duties if they with to command the respect and confidence of their men.
10. An Officer, by putting his signature to a paper, renders himself responsible for the correctness of facts or figures in that paper.
11. Only the Officer ordering a parade can give leave from it.
12. Officers must be acquainted with all orders; absence on leave or sickness is no excuse for ignorance of orders.
13. All Officers joining or returning from leave of absence, or from command, must report personally to the Commanding Officer.
14. Officers must invariably check or take notice of any slackness or improper behaviour on the part of officers or of soldiers, either of their own or other Regiments, whenever met with.
15. Officers may not leave the battalion area without leave.
16. All Officers must pull together and support their Commanding Officer at all times and in all places.
17. An Officer who misses a duty by inadvertence should at once report the fact personally to his superior or the Adjutant, if it is a Battalion duty.
18. An Officer, except the Second-in-Command, who wishes to speak to the Commanding Officer, should first ask the Adjutant and explain to him the circumstances.
19. Officers should be courteous at all times to all ranks, and must return salutes in a soldierly manner.