Standing Orders of
The Royal Canadian Regiment
(1935)

VII       The Adjutant

1.         The Adjutant is a staff officer to the Commanding Officer, in whose name and by whose authority he performs all duties and issues all orders. He must set an example of loyalty, exact obedience, punctuality and correctness of dress. He is charged with the discipline, smartness and dress of all ranks, and with the supervision of the daily routine. It is his special duty to being to the notice of the Commanding Officer any matter which may affect the efficiency, esprit-de-corps, or prestige of the Regiment.

2.         The Orderly Room is his immediate province and he is responsible for its organization and efficiency. He has charge of the regimental books and records and will see that they are properly kept. He is also responsible for the correctness of all regimental returns compiled in the Orderly Room.

3.         Not only are all order issued through him but it is his duty to see that they are strictly and loyally obeyed.

4.         All official reports and communications to the Commanding Officer are to be made through him.

5.         No book or document is to be removed from, the Orderly Room without his permission, unless by order of the Commanding Officer.

6.         He will prepare the Charge Sheets and Summaries of Evidence in the cases of all soldiers remanded for trial by court-martial. He is responsible that witnesses are duly warned to attend courts-martial, and, when available, will act as Prosecutor.

7.         On arrival at a new Station he will immediately acquaint himself with all local orders.

8.         He will personally keep the Officers’ Duty Roster, and will supervise the Duty Roster of the non-commissioned officers by means of frequent inspection. He will see that all persons are properly warned for their respective duties.

9.         He is responsible for the regulation of all duties. He will parade and inspect all guards, and also all armed parties and detachments not commanded by an officer. On inspecting the details for duty he will personally select the men required as orderlies.

10.        He will frequently inspect the Orders for Guards, Sentries, Police, Fire Duties, etc., to ensure that they are clearly written and renewed when necessary. He will frequently check the gate lists and canteen lists by the Orderly Sergeant’s books.

11.        He will ensure that the duties of the Quarter Guard, Picquets and Police are properly carried out, and will occasionally visit the guard room and cells.

12.        He will see that the Colours and Banners, when off parade, are placed in the Officers’ Mess when in barracks, and in charge of the Quarter Guard when in camp. He will personally detail the Colour party when required.

13.        He will not on any account make or permit any alteration in the modes of discipline and drill established in the Regiment.

14.        He will acquaint himself with the disposition and character of each Officer, warrant officer, and Non-commissioned Officer and will instantly report to the Commanding Officer any slackness or neglect of duty.

15.        He will exercise a close personal supervision over the dress and training of the recruits.

16.        He will have charge of the Regimental Police and the Drummers. He will inspect their equipment and instruments at least once quarterly, and, if they are quartered separate from companies, he will be responsible for their barrack rooms, which he will frequently inspect.

17.        The following are under the immediate orders of the Adjutant:-

VIII      The Signalling Officer

1.         The Signalling Officer is responsible for:-

(a)        The discipline of his section.

(b)        The quarters occupied by his section.

(c)        The completeness, serviceability and care of all technical equipment on his charge.

(d)        The training of his section and all officers and other ranks selected to undergo signalling instruction.

(e)        The special training of promising signallers with a view to their becoming instructors.

IX        The Quartermaster

1.         The Quartermaster is a staff officer to the Commanding Officer, to whom he is responsible for all matters concerning Supplies, Transport, Stores, Quartering, and Barracks Services.

2.         He is responsible for the correctness of the Equipment, Stores, and Clothing Ledgers, and of all indents, vouchers, returns and correspondence connected with his department.

3.         He will see that all personal equipment, clothing and necessaries are correctly and clearly marked with the regimental number of the soldier to whom they are to be issued before they are removed from his stores.

4.         He is charged with the general supervision of barracks and camps. With respect to the former he is responsible for their heating, lighting, sanitation and cleanliness, and for their general maintenance and prompt repair; and with respect to the latter, that adequate accommodation and water supply are provided, and that the lines are kept clean, sanitary, and free from obstruction.

5.         Under the instructions of the Commanding Officer he will arrange the allotment of Married Quarters. He will acquaint himself with the circumstances of all married soldiers and their dependents, and will keep the Commanding Officer informed of any matter concerning them which call for notice.

6.         He will conduct an inspection of barracks monthly noting all damages and deficiencies and the particular rooms where these have occurred. He will render lists of these damages to the Officers Commanding Companies, in order that they may charge the individuals concerned.

7.         He is responsible for the general proficiency of the cooks, and for the proper equipment and cleanliness of cookhouses. He will assist the Second-in-Command in the supervision of messing throughout the battalion.

8.         He is responsible for the satisfactory conduct of the Regimental Workshops.

9.         He is responsible for the efficiency, housing, and maintenance of all fire apparatus.

10.        He is responsible for the adequacy and efficiency of all transport arrangements in connection with marches or other moves of his battalion.

11.        On the march he will precede his battalion, accompanied by the pioneers and such working parties as may be necessary, and after selecting suitable ground will lay out the camp and prepare the necessary facilities for watering and sanitation.

IX      Subaltern Officers

1.        Subaltern officers will at all time address their senior with marked respect.

2.        They will not only assume complete responsibility for everything concerning their respective platoons but will generally assist the Company and will bring to his notice any irregularities and suggested improvements.

3.        Subaltern officers may at any time be called upon to act as Company Second-in_command or as Company Commanders. They will, therefore, make themselves thoroughly acquainted with the duties of those officers and with the Standing Orders relating to them.

4.        All officers on joining will undergo a course of drill until the Commanding Officer is satisfied that they are qualified therein and order their dismissal to duty.

5.        Officers of less than one year's service will attend Orderly Room Parade daily for instruction.

6.        Subaltern officers of each Company, under the orders of their Company Commander will visit daily the men's barrack rooms and will see that each man's bedding, equipment, clothing, etc., are arranged in accordance with the regimental custom, and that the rooms and their furniture are clean. Irregularities will be checked, and those of a serious nature will be reported to the Company Second-in-Command.

7.        When in the supernumerary rank on parade they are in a position to see irregularities. In this position it is their duty to correct and prevent slovenly marching, careless fressing and all other irregularities.

8.        Before applying for leave of absence a subaltern officer must obtain the sanction of his Company Commander.

X      Officers Generally

1.        Officers will not forget that it is due to the honour of their profession and of their Regiment at all times to set an example of gentlemanly feeling and conduct. It will be every officer's endeavour to support the high character of the Service and particularly to maintain the traditions and esprit-de-corps of his Regiment.

2.        Officers will not criticize or discuss among themselves the actions or orders of superior officers. They will avoid the discussion in general society of regimental matters and the private affairs of their brother officers.

3.        A superior officer must maintain on parade the strictest form and discipline and in his official capacity is at times compelled to speak and act otherwise than he would if he consulted his private feelings. Every officer must clearly bear this in mind and will not allow official conduct in official matters to influence his personal relations or to prejudice the closest intimacy in private.

4.        Officers must be most punctilious in returning all salutes, remembering that there is only one method of saluting authorized for all ranks. The senior officer present will return salutes whether he is in uniform or not.

5.        All officers are expected to take a keen interest in the recreation of the non-commissioned officers and men and by their encouragement and example to stimulate every form of sport.

6.        The chief interest of every officer should be the interests of his men. He should study their characters as individuals and endeavour to gain a thorough and sympathetic understanding of their point of view, and thus be enabled to remove grievances both real and imaginary.

7.        Officers are directed to take an early opportunity of calling upon the General Officer Commanding, or the Commandant, of any Station to which they may be posted either temporarily or permanently.

8.        Officers requiring information from the Orderly Room will apply to the Adjutant, and will in no circumstances consult the Orderly Room Clerks.

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