Standing Orders of
The Royal Canadian Regiment
(1935)

V         Officers Commanding Companies

1.         The Officer Commanding a Company is directly responsible to the Commanding Officer for the entire training and administration of his Company. His own activities will be chiefly directed to the training of the Company, while its administration will be delegated to the Company Second-in-Command.

2.         He will pay the greatest attention to the conduct and merits of every non-commissioned officer and man in his Company, and will make himself acquainted with the character, disposition and aptitude of each. Should he consider that a non-commissioned officer is especially deserving of promotion irrespective of seniority he will invariably bring the case to the attention of the Commanding Officer.

3.         Recommendations for appointments, promotions, transfers and employments will be made by the soldier’s Company Commander who will personally present the man’s conduct sheet, and any other necessary information concerning him, to be considered by the Commanding officer in connection with such recommendation.

4.         The Company Commander is responsible for the custody of the Company Conduct Sheets, and for the completeness and accuracy of all entries therein. Whenever a Conduct Sheet is missing he will report the fact, together with the circumstances of the case, to the Adjutant.

5.         The Officer Commanding a Company will attend the Orderly Room with the Company Conduct Sheets when charges against soldiers in the Company are to be investigated by the Commanding Officer. The subaltern of the platoon to which each accused soldier belongs will also attend.

6.         The names of all soldiers for disposal by the Commanding Officer, and those parading for interview, must reach the Regimental Sergeant-Major at least one hour before Orderly Room parade, and Company Commanders will conduct their own investigations accordingly. They will deal with all offences of a minor character (garrison charges excepted_ which they consider their own power enables them to punish adequately.

Their disposal of such charges will be recorded by Company Commanders on the individual crime report (M.F. B264) which will be forwarded to the Orderly Room one hour before Orderly Room Parade.

Extracts from the crime reports of Companies will be entered in the regimental Minor Offence Report (M.F. B224) which will be submitted to the Commanding Officer for his revision or approval of the awards,.

The crime reports will then be returned to their respective Companies by the Adjutant, who will note on them the Commanding Officer’s revision or approval, and on receipt thereof, Company Commanders will enter the awards, as revised or approved, in the Company Conduct Sheets.

7.         The Company Commander is responsible for the sanitation of all barrack-rooms and other buildings and of camp lines allotted to his Company. He is responsible at all times that boots and socks are clean and in good order, and, at manoeuvres or on the line of march, that the men’s feet are inspected daily by an officer. In every case of a serious irritation of the feet he will see that the soldier obtains immediate medical attention.

8.         He will frequently visit the sick of his Company.

9.         When a soldier is summoned to answer a charge before a Civil Court the Officer Commanding his Company (unless the Court is at a distance from the barracks or camp) will either attend himself or direct an officer of his Company to do so. When the punishment is a fine, the officer will arrange the payment thereof. He will be accompanied, when necessary, by a non-commissioned officer to escort the soldier on his return to barracks or camp.

10.        He is responsible that all arrangements are properly made for the funeral of a deceased soldier of his Company. An officer from the Company will attend the funeral, or should no officer be available, he will inform the Adjutant, in order that one may be detailed from another Company. He will write to the next of kin, giving full particulars regarding the death of the soldier.

11.        He is responsible that all unexpended ball ammunition is collected after firing. Before blank ammunition is issued an officer will examine the pouches of each platoon to ascertain that they contain no ball cartridges, and a report to this effect will be made to the officer commanding the parade before marching off. He will ensure that every man takes his pull-through, oil bottle, and flannelette on parade whenever blank ammunition is to be fired.

12.        He will have every rifle in the Company inspected annually by an armourer before the commencement of the weapon training season.

13.        He will encourage his men to seek his advice and assistance in all matters. He will give the fullest consideration to every complaint and, if justified, will take every means to ensure its prompt redress.

14.        When a company is handed from one officer to another, for any period exceeding one week, a certificate in the form laid down in Appendix 1, will be rendered to the Adjutant by the officer taking over.

15.        Company Commander are not authorized to take non-commissioned officers and men regimentally employed for any parades or duties without the permission of the Adjutant.

16.        The officer commanding a company is responsible that the barrack rooms, and any other premises occupied by his company, are visited daily, except Sundays, by an officer.

VI        Seconds-in-Command of Companies

1.         The second-in-command of a Company is responsible to the officer commanding the company for its administration generally.

2.         He will inspect the kits of the non-commissioned officers, below the rank of Sergeant, and men, at least once a month and will have all missing articles immediately replaced. He will arrange the dates of his inspections with the company commander and will report to him at the conclusion the result of each inspection.

3.         He is responsible that the equipment, clothing, and necessaries of every man are always ready for service and clearly marked with the man’s number.

4.         He will arrange for the fitting of new issues of clothing and boots, and, on these occasions, will invariably be present, accompanied by the platoon commanders concerned.

5.         He is responsible that all arms on charge to the company are at all times in good condition, and will accordingly enforce a thorough system of care of arms throughout the company. He will arrange that the arms of all employed men are inspected at least once a week by an officer.

6.         He will see that the recruits are clothed sufficiently to be paraded for drill, not later than the third day after being posted.

7.         He will frequently inspect the Company Duty Rosters to se that they are properly and fairly kept.

8.         He is responsible that Regimental and Company Orders are regularly posted on the company notice board and that Standing Orders in case of Fire, Scales of Fines for Drunkenness, and other Standing Orders, are posted in the company quarters and maintained in good condition.

9.         After arrival in camp he will personally see that all company baggage has been unloaded and tents properly pitched, and on leaving camp that all company baggage has been loaded and lines cleared, before leaving the company lines. He will personally so report to the officer commanding the company.

10.        When Messing is under company arrangements he is responsible for the Messing of his company. He will prepare and sign the weekly diet sheet in triplicate, one copy to be posted in the cookhouse, another in the mess room and the third to be sent to the Orderly Room.

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