Topic: Canadian Militia
Appointments to the Canadian Permanent Force (1905)
"The Minister of Militia and Defence recommends for approval the General Orders (Special) dated 14th July, 1905, containing regulation to govern appointments to the Permanent Force, the same having been recommended by the Militia Council.
"The Committee submit the same for approval."
General Orders – 1905 (Special)
Headquarters, Ottawa, July 14th, 1905.
King's Regulations and Orders for the Militia of Canada, 1904.
Paragraph 933, and amendments thereto published in General Orders Nos. 55 and 115, 1905, are hereby cancelled, and the following substituted in lieu thereof:—
933 (1). A candidate to be eligible for first appointment to a unit of the permanent force must fulfill the following conditions:—
(a) He must be unmarried, and be between the ages of 18 and 25 on the first day of January of the current year,
(b) He must be a British subject by birth of naturalization.
(c) He must be certified by a medical board to be in every respect fit for military service.
(d) He must be in possession of a diploma of graduation, or a certificate of military qualification, from the Royal Military College of Canada, and be recommended for appointment by the Commandant of the College; or,
(d 1) He must have attended two annual trainings of a corps of the active militia, and be recommended by his commanding officer and the officer holding the higher command (or, when the district is not within a command, by the officer commanding the district), as being in every way fitted for appointment to a commission in the permanent force, and have obtyained an officer's long course certificate; or,
(d 2) He must have served satisfactorily as an officer of His Majesty's regular army for at least six months; or,
(d 3) He must have served for at least two years in the field in South Africa during the Boer War with one of the Canadian contingents, one year of such period as a commissioned officer and be recommended by the commanding officer under whom he served as in every way fitted and eligible for appointment to the permanent force, and have passed such literary examination as may be prescribed.
(2) Applicants for commissions in the permanent force, not qualified as above described in paragraphs (d), (d 1), (d 2) and (d 3) may be attached for duty to a unit of the permanent force for the purpose of obtaining an officer's long course certificate. In no case, however, will such applicant be attached for a longer period than 18 months.
(3) Appointments to the Army Service Corps, Army Medical Corps, Ordnance Stores Corps and the Pay Department will be specially considered by the Minister of Militia in Militia Council.
(4) All first appointments in the Canadian permanent engineers and permanent artillery, and every alternate commission in the permanent cavalry, mounted infantry and infantry, will be offered in the first instance, to graduates of the Royal Military College of Canada.
(5) Three commissions will be given annually, should vacancies exist, to the graduating class, viz:–every year one in the Canadian permanent infantry; and each alternate year:—
(a) one in the permanent engineers and one in the permanent fiedl artillery,
(b) one in the permanent cavalry or mounted infantry and one in the permanent garrison artillery.
B.H. Vidal, Col.
Document initialled: "F.W.B." – Frederick William Borden (Minister of Militia and Defence, 1896-1911)