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Exceptional Retirement of Captains, Commanders, and Lieutenants. Retired Pay.

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At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 18th day of October, 1909.

Present, The King's Most Excellent Majesty in Council.

Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, dated the 24th day of August, 1909, in the words following, viz.:

Whereas by section three of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, etc.

And whereas we have had under our consideration the present state of the Active Lists of Commanders and Lieutenants. and the Regulations in force governing the retirement of these Officers, as sanctioned by Orders in Council of Her late Majesty bearing date the 22nd February, 1870, and 16th July, 1893, and by Your Majesty's Order in Council of the 8th December, 1903

And whereas, owing to the number of Officers promoted to the rank of Commander and Lieutenant in recent years, the vacancies occurring in the Captains' and Commanders' Lists for some years to come will be insufficient to provide a proper flow of promotion for the ranks below :

And whereas we consider that it is necessary in the interests of Your Majesty's Naval Service to take steps to remedy this state of affairs, and that the result desired will be best obtained by fixing at a stated minimum the number of advancements to Captain and Commander to be made annually, and by offering exceptional terms of retirement temporarily with a view to inducing Officers to leave the Active Service before attaining the age for compulsory retirement :

And whereas we also consider it necessary that the authorised number of Officers on the Lieutenants' List should be increased :

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction the following measures:

  1. That the numbers of Officers to be promoted annually to the rank of Captain and Commander in this and the two following years shall be twenty-four and forty-five respectively, notwithstanding the number of vacancies that may occur annually in those ranks ; provided that the number of Commanders be not allowed to fall below the establishment authorised by Orders in Council of the 29th November, 1898, and 12th November, 1900.
  2. That we may be empowered to offer temporarily to Captains, Commanders and Lieutenants the exceptional terms of retirement set forth in the annexed Schedule.
  3. That the authorised establishment of Lieutenants may be fixed at a maximum of 1900.

We further beg leave to recommend that these proposals may take effect as from 30 June, 1909, and that we may be empowered to continue in force at the end of three years' time from that date all or such part of the exceptional terms of retirement as we may consider advisable in the interests of Your Majesty's Naval Service, with the concurrence of the Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury.

The Lords Commissioners of Your Majesty's Treasury have signified their concurrence in these proposals.

Schedule.

Exceptional Retirement of Captains, Commanders, and Lieutenants. Retired Pay.

1. The scale of Retired Pay, according to age and service, to be as follows, for Captains, Commanders, and Lieutenants. An addition to be made, as specified, for each full year of additional service, or its equivalent, but the same not to exceed five years; and a deduction to be made for each full year wanting to complete the period specified, but the same not to exceed ten years;

Captains, Commanders, and Lieutenants.

 

Age

Retired Pay

Service, or its equivalent in Half-pay Time

Addition

Deduction

   

Years.

Captains retire at age 55        

55

525

24

15

10

 

54

510

24

15

10

 

53

495

23

15

10

 

52

480

23

15

10

 

51

465

22

15

10

Commanders retire at age 50

50

450

22

10

10

 

49

435

21

10

10

 

48

420

21

10

10

 

47

405

20

10

10

 

46

390

20

10

10

Lieutenants retire at age 45

45

375

19

10

10

 

44

360

19

10

10

 

43

350

18

10

10

 

42

325

17

10

10

 

41

300

16

10

10

 

40

275

15

10

10

 

39

260

14

10

10

 

38

245

13

10

10

 

37

230

12

10

10

 

36

215

11

10

10

 

35

200

10

10

10

 

34

190

10

10

10

 

33

180

9

10

10

 

32

170

9

10

10

 

31

160

8

10

10

 

30

150

8

10

10

Officers under thirty years of age to receive half-pay.

A Commander to be entitled to a minimum rate of retired pay of three hundred pounds a year, provided he has served in that rank for a period of three years and has the requisite service in a ship of war at sea to qualify him for promotion.

Notes.

  1. The above scale of retired pay not to be applicable to Officers retired for misconduct, nor to Officers retired for non-service after being placed on half-pay by order of the Admiralty.
  2. Commanders and Lieutenants promoted to those ranks after the introduction of these Regulations to be compulsorily retired for two years' non service instead of three as at present, except in cases of illness, where the Admiralty should have discretion to retain an Officer for three years.
  3. The limit of twenty Lieutenants allowed to retire at their own request annually under the age of forty to be removed, but no Lieutenant to be allowed to retire voluntarily under eight years' seniority.

His Majesty having taken the said Memorial into consideration, was pleased, by and with the advice of His Privy Council, to approve of what is therein proposed. And the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty are to give the necessary directions herein accordingly.
Almeric FitzRoy.

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