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Warrant Officers and Officers promoted therefrom of all branches of the RN & RM

Common Rules For Compulsory Retirement in the Event of Misconduct or Prolonged Sickness

1925 02 13
Whereas there was this day read at the Board a Memorial from the Right Honourable the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty, dated the 5th day of February, 1925 (C.W. 4748; 24), in the words following, viz. :-

Whereas by Section 3 of the Naval and Marine Pay and Pensions Act, 1865, it is enacted, inter alia, that all pay, pensions or other allowances in the nature thereof payable in respect of services in Your Majesty's Naval or Marine Force to a person being or having been an Officer, Seaman, or Marine therein, shall be paid in such manner and subject to such restrictions, conditions and provisions as are from time to time directed by Order in Council:

And whereas by Orders in Council dated the 28th March, 1903, the 18th October, 1909, and the 14th April, 1917, provision is made for certain Officers of the rank or equivalent rank of Lieutenant promoted from Warrant rank to be placed on half-pay in the event of misconduct or prolonged sickness:

And whereas we are of opinion that in the Warrant Officer branches liability to discharge to half-pay should not be limited to the ranks or classes of Officers so provided for or to the circumstances aforesaid, but should be extended to Warrant Officers and Officers promoted therefrom of all branches of Your Majesty's Naval and Marine Forces, and that the rates of half-pay payable to such Officers should be prescribed:

And whereas we are of opinion that all such Officers in respect of whom provision in that behalf does not already exist should be liable to compulsory retirement after a period of non-service:

And whereas it is necessary to amend and amplify the regulations under which certain Officers formerly of Warrant rank are liable to such retirement:

We beg leave humbly to recommend that Your Majesty may be graciously pleased by Your Order in Council to sanction the regulations set forth in the annexed Schedule.

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

Schedule.

  1. Warrant Officers and Commissioned Officers from Warrant rank of all branches, R.N. and R.M., including the Schoolmaster branches, and Officers promoted therefrom for long and zealous service or after examination to be liable to be placed on half-pay, and to be eligible therefor at their own request, at the discretion of the Admiralty. The foregoing regulation to be applicable also to:-
    • Quartermasters R.M.
    • Directors of Music R.M.
    • Musical Director
    • Assistant Musical Director R.N. School
    • Company Officers of Music.
    • Quartermaster
  2. The rate of half-pay for Warrant Officers R.N. and Officers promoted therefrom whose full pay is on the 'mechanical' scale to be half the rate of full pay applicable to their rank and seniority on the 'non-mechanical' scale; in all other cases the rate of half-pay to be half the rate of full pay of their rank and seniority.
  3. All Officers of the above-mentioned categories, in respect of whom provision for retirement on account of non-service has not already been made, to be retired after three years from date of last service.
  4. Officers, Royal Navy, of the rank or equivalent rank of Lieutenant or Lieutenant Commander promoted to the former rank for acts of gallantry or daring to be retired after three years from date of last service.
  5. The time of Officers while on half-pay under the provisions of this Schedule to count as one-third of full service for increase of retired pay under the usual conditions, but not to count for increase of gratuity on retirement or discharge.

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.


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