Common Requirements; Second Lieutenant
Canadian Army Training Pamphlet No. 8; How to Qualify, 1941
Part I – Common to All Arms
For Rank of 2nd Lieutenant (R.F.)
- Characteristics of combatant arms and their weapons.
- Functions of administrative services.
- Organization and system of command in the Canadian Army in Canada.
- Organization of the following units of a division—Artillery—Engineers—Signals—Recce. battalion—M.G. battalion.
- Organization of an infantry battalion.
- Functions of divisional R.C.A.S.C., Light Aid Detachments R.C.O.C., Field Ambulance.
Definitions, conventional signs, map references and co-ordinates. Construction of simple scales. Methods of indicating relief. Slopes. Intervisibility. Use of compass and protractor. Setting a map. Enlargements. Preparation for night marching.
Construction of weapon pits and developing these as part of a defended post; construction of wire obstacles and road blocks; use of natural cover; organization of working parties and division of responsibility for work.
Care of Men
Maintenance of morale and esprit de corps, maintenance of health; provision of clothing, arms and equipment and maintenaince of these at local headquarters and in camp. Subject matter of Infantry Section Leading, Ch. II.
Sources of reference—Army Training Pamphlets, memos, manuals. Preparation of lectures on subjects common to all arms.
- Duties of orderly officers and N. C. O.'s.
- Water supply and sanitation.
Nature and purpose of military law-legal position of officers and soldiers. The Militia Act. Arrest and military custody. Redress of grievances.
Squad drill, Arms drill, Platoon drill as given in M.T.P. No. 18, Secs. 2, 3, 6 and 7.
Use of Arms, Tactics, etc.
A thorough knowledge of the contents of "Infantry Section Leading" chapters IV to XI (inclusive) and chapter XIV.
The foregoing describes the common requirements for qualification to be appointed as a Second Lieutenant. In addition to these, more in depth knowledge or applicable technical knowledge was required depending on the branch of the service the officer was joining.