Battalion Duties—General Remarks—Private Soldiers
Soldiers on guard must remember that it is often from them only that a Regiment may be judged.
Notes for Commanding Officers, Issued to Students at the Senior Officers' School, Aldershot, 1917 (5th Course)
1. Every soldier must remember that he may by his individual bearing and actions either enhance or injure the reputation of his Regiment.
2. By good behaviour and civility to strangers, cleanliness and smartness in dress and turn-out and drill, gallantry and devotion in the field, he increases the reputation of his Regiment, he increases the respect for the Army, and creates self-respect in himself.
3. Instant obedience is the root of discipline. A command must as cheerfully and quickly be obeyed. Whether given by a Colonel or a lance-corporal.
4. Any soldier wishing to speak to an Officer must be accompanied by a non-commissioned officer. If the soldier then wishes to speak to the Officer on a private matter, the non-commissioned officer can, for the time, fall out.
5. Employed men must show by their smartness that they are worthy of their employment.
6. Dress in walking out must be carefully studied, and belts must always be worn.
7. Soldiers on guard must remember that it is often from them only that a Regiment may be judged.
8. Every soldier must think he belongs to the best section in the best Platoon, Company, battalion and Regiment in the Army.
9. Every soldier will address a warrant officer (including Classes I and II) in the same manner as when addressing a Commissioned Officer, but they will not salute.