Topic: Canadian Militia
Employment of Non-Commissioned Officers as Military Staff Clerks (1898)
The Quebec Saturday Budget, 15 January, 1898
The following regulations governing the employment of Non-commissioned Officers and men of the Permanent Force as Military Staff Clerks at Head-Quarters and District Head-Quarters, are published for general information:—
1. A Non-commissioned Officer or man selected for this employment will serve a probationary term of three months, the pay to be, during this period, that of his rank, and, in addition, if serving elsewhere that at the station to which his Corps belong, 50 cents per diem in lieu of quarters, rations, light and fuel.
(1a.) At the end of his probationary term, if his work is found satisfactory, he will be appointed Sergeant Staff Clerk. If serving at the same station as his Corps and living in barracks, he will receive the pay of a Sergeant in the permanent Corps. If serving elsewhere than at the station of his Corps, he will receive consolidated pay at the rate of $1.20 per diem.
(1b.) After serving three years as Sergeant Staff Clerk and if recommended by the Officer under whom he is serving, he will be promoted to Colour Sergeant Staff Clerk, with the pay at the rate of $1 per diem, if serving at the same station with his Corps and living in barracks. If serving elsewhere than at the station of his Corps, he will receive consolidated pay at the rate of $1.40 per diem.
(1c.) After serving three years as Colour Sergeant Staff Clerk and if recommended by the Officer under whom he is serving, he will be promoted to Quarter-Master Sergeant Staff Clerk, with the pay at the rate of $1.35 per diem, if serving at the same station with his Corps and living in barracks. If serving elsewhere than at the station of his Corps, he will receive consolidated pay at the rate of $1.75 per diem.
2. At the end of six years from the 1st July, 1898, and thereafter from time ti time as the position becomes vacant, there will be selected from the whole body of Military Staff Clerks, one Sergeant-Major Staff Clerk, with consolidated pay at the rate of $2 per diem.
3. A Military Staff Clerk serving at the station to which his Corps belongs, may, with the approval of the General Officer Commanding, be paid the consolidated rate of pay for his rank, and provide his own quarters, rations, light and fuel.
4. Military Staff Clerks will be moved from one station to another as the exigencies of the service may require.
5. Military Staff Clerks will be returned to their Corps only at their own request, or if they cease to be eligible for service in the Force, or for misconduct. In either case they will revert to the rank held at the time of appointment as Military Staff Clerk.
6. Non-commissioned Officers and men employed as Military Staff Clerks will be borne as supernumeraries of their ranks in the Corps to which they belong, and the vacancies thus created in their rank at the time of appointment will be filled up, without increasing the establishment of the Corps.
7. A Sergeant appointed Military Staff Clerk will rank as Sergeant from the date of his regimental promotion to that rank.
In 1905, the Corps of Military Staff Clerks would be formed.
Corps of Military Staff Clerks
Organization, Administration and Equipment; of His Majesty's Land Forces in Peace and War, by Colonel W.R. Lang, m.s.c., General Staff (Temporary); 1916
This Corps, which is administered by the Adjutant General's department, was organized 1st September, 1905, previous to which time clerks were borne on the strength of the R.C.R. Only men of a high educational standard and character are accepted for service. No establishment has been published since 1914, when the Corps had a total effective strength of about 80. Numerous appointments have been made since then.
First appointments are made on probation to the rank of corporal, when candidates undergo a course of training in the work and routine of a military office. If the period of training is dispensed with, first appointments may be made to the rank of Sergeant. The succeeding steps, based on efficiency, character and length of service, are respectively Staff-Sergeant, Sergeant-Major, and are obtained only if recommended by the officer under whom the clerk is serving.
Extra pay is granted for special qualification in short-hand and typewriting.
In several cases promotions to commissioned rank have been made.