Customs of the Army

Prepared under the direction of The Chief of the Imperial General Staff
The War Office, 1956


This pamphlet is intended to give an Officer Cadet about to be commissioned an idea of some of the things to look out for on joining his regiment or corps. The pamphlet is not intended to be complete or to give all the answers. It is most important to realise that there are many customs in the Army, some stranger than others, and on joining or being posted to a new unit it is the officer's duty to find out what they are.


Section I - General Matters

Section II - Saluting 

Section III - Joining the Regiment

Section IV - Mess Customs

Section V - Relationship with Warrant and Non-Commissioned Officers

Section VI - The Sergeants' Mess 

Section VII - Duties of the Orderly Officer

Section VIII - Orders and Orderly-Room Procedure

Section IX - Correspondence and Calling