Standing Orders of
The Royal Canadian Regiment
(1935)

XIV      Orderly Room Clerks

1.         The Orderly Room Clerks are directly under the orders of the Adjutant. They occupy a position of much responsibility and trust and are required to preserve the strictest secrecy regarding all official communications coming under their observation.

2.         The Senior Orderly Room Clerk is responsible to the Adjutant:-

(a)        For the discipline and efficiency of the junior clerks, and for the allotment of duties to them.

(b)        For the form and correctness of all correspondence, returns, etc., made out in the Orderly Room.

(c)        For the preservation and appropriate filing of all correspondence entering or leaving the office.

(d)        That no person has access to any book or document in his charge without an order from the Commanding officer or the Adjutant.

(e)        That all stationary is used economically.

(f)        That the Orderly Room offices are at all times clean and in good order.

(g)        That at least one clerk is always present in the Orderly Room during office hours.

XV       The Sergeant Cook

1.         The Sergeant-Cook is responsible to the Quartermaster for the training and efficiency of the cooks, for the personal supervision of the cooking and cookhouses, for the care and cleanliness of the utensils and for the economical use of all rations throughout the battalion.

2.         He will assist the messing committees with his advice and will aid them in varying the diet as much as possible.

3.         He will invariably accompany the Orderly Officer in his inspection of the rations.

XVI      The Sergeant-Tailor

1.         The Sergeant-Tailor is responsible to the Quartermaster for the necessary alterations and repairs of clothing issued to warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and men. He will invariably give precedence to such work as is required to enable soldiers to attend parades and duties properly dressed.

2.         He is not permitted to make or alter any article of uniform-clothing otherwise than in strict conformity with the Regulations.

XVII    Non-Commissioned Officers Generally

1.         Non-Commissioned Officers form the link between the officers and the men, and it is through them that the officers exercise their leadership. The character and knowledge of the non-commissioned officers are, consequently, of the highest importance to their Regiment. It is essential that they be loyal to their officers and sympathetic with the men, absolutely impartial in the exercise of their authority, active and energetic in the performance of duty and firm in giving orders and in enforcing their execution.

2.         Orders must be given quietly and impersonally and the non-commissioned officers must avoid all coarse and irritating language. They must scrupulously refrain from using their authority to their personal advantage.

3.         A non-commissioned officer cannot do his duty if he associates on terms of equality with private soldiers and other junior to him, nor if he is strict at one time and familiar at another. He must never borrow, lend, or in any way traffic with his inferiors, and will not allow himself to be drawn into argument with a private soldier.

4.         The aim of every non-commissioned officer should be to gain the esteem of his officers and the respect of the men, and he can only succeed in doing so by the diligent and conscientious discharge of his duties. The non-commissioned officer who best does his duty is the one who will be most fully supported by his officers and most loyally obeyed by the men.

5.         While a non-commissioned officer must be prompt and strict with the men, his attitude toward them should at all times be one of civility and of sympathy unmixed with familiarity. The best disciplinarian is the one who prevent crime, and the bully creates it.

The non-commissioned officer who studies the character of those under him will know how best to deal with each man individually and will find his orders carried out without dissatisfaction and without crime.

6.         Non-commissioned officers should give particular care to such men as are careless, slovenly or backward. In this way they will often be able to make a valuable soldier of an unpromising recruit.

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