Battalion Duties—General Remarks—NCOs
They must be examples at all times to their men, and endeavour constantly to increase their military knowledge.
Notes for Commanding Officers, Issued to Students at the Senior Officers' School, Aldershot, 1917 (5th Course)
1. Non-commissioned officers must not walk out with private soldiers, or associate with them in a familiar way. Their friends must be non-commissioned officers.
2. A non-commissioned officer returning from leave of absence or command should report himself to the Adjutant or the Regimental Quartermaster.
3. Non-commissioned officers must never lend to or borrow money from private soldiers.
4. Sergeants must not enter the men's canteen except on duty. (N.B.—If possible, a place should be arranged for non-commissioned officers, and if no canteen is available, an estaminet should be reserved for them.)
5. Non-commissioned officers must never use harsh or intemperate, and, more particularly, obscene, language to the men.
6. Non-commissioned officers must back up their officers always, and pull together for the honour of their Regiment.
7. In walking out, non-commissioned officers must give an example of dress and smartness. Sergeants wear belt and side-arms; other ranks belts only.
8. They must be examples at all times to their men, and endeavour constantly to increase their military knowledge.