The Qualities of an Officer of the British Army

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I thought all the eager young puppies might benefit from the following ;)

An officer should be comely, spratly and above all else, confident in his own dress and bearing. He should, where possible, eat a small piece of meat each morning with molasses and beans. He should air himself gracefully when under fire and never place himself in a position of difficulty when being shot at. He should eat his meals comfortably and ahead of his soldiers, for it is he whom is more important tactically on the battlefield and therefore he who should be well nourished. His hair should be well groomed and if possible he should adorn a moustache or similar facial adornment.

When speaking to his soldiers he should appear unnerved and aloof and give direction without in any way involving himself personally in the execution of arduous or un-officer like duties. He should smoke thin panatellas except when in the company of ladies where he should take only a small gin mixed with lemon tea.

He should be an ardent and erudite gentleman and woo the ladies both in the formal environment and in the bedroom where he should excel himself beyond the ordinary soldier with his virulent love making prowess.

These I say to you are the qualities of an officer that set him apart from the lay person and the common soldier.

Lieutenant-General Hubert Worthington

Commander In Chief
5th Royal Indian Mountain Division
Bombay

12th December 1907
 
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CaptainPlume said:
He should smoke thin panatellas except when in the company of ladies where he should take only a small gin mixed with lemon tea.
As a smoker, upon hearing this for the first time, I wondered how on earth one smokes gin mixed with lemon tea. Are bongs still acceptable? They obviously were.
 
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msr said:
CaptainPlume said:
That will teach me to try & bring some humour into people's otherwise humdrum lives. Sadly I don't have time to read every single thread on ARRSE ;)
Nor to use the search function ;)
You see, a proper officer would have had a batman to do the menial search stuff for him ...
 
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Idrach said:
msr said:
CaptainPlume said:
That will teach me to try & bring some humour into people's otherwise humdrum lives. Sadly I don't have time to read every single thread on ARRSE ;)
Nor to use the search function ;)
You see, a proper officer would have had a batman to do the menial search stuff for him ...
I always wonder if msr now looks like this ;)

 
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I know, Hopkins, I was at school with him when he had hair!
 
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