The Navy List July 1885

Foreign Languages

Admiralty, 9th December 1881.

My Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty having regard to the desirability of encouraging officers to acquire a colloquial knowledge of Foreign Languages, are pleased to lay down the following Regulations, viz.:-

  1. The marks assigned for French at the Examination of Acting Sub-Lieutenants at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, will be raised from 100 to 200 ; the total qualifying number for each class, and the minimum number required to be obtained at the College to qualify or a Lieutenant's Commission under Circular No. 1, N., of 1st February 1884, being increased. This rule is to tale effect at the first Examination in 1885, and will therefore apply to the Acting Sub-Lieutenants who joined the College in June 1884.
  2. Commissioned Officers of the Military Branch, and other Officers now eligible for Examination for Interpreter in European Languages, will be allowed, if the requirements of the Service admit, to proceed to the Continent for three months for the purpose of improving their colloquial knowledge of the French, German, Spanish, or Italian Languages.
  3. Before being allowed to avail himself of this privilege an Officer will be required either to satisfy the Civil Service Commissioners that he possesses an adequate grammatical knowledge of the Language which he has selected, or, if he has studied the Language at the Royal Naval College, to obtain a certificate to the same effect from the College Examiner.
  4. On return to England, the Officer will be examined by the Civil Service Commissioners as to his colloquial knowledge, both as regards speaking, and readiness in interpreting the Language which he has studied.
  5. If able to pass a satisfactory examination, he will be allowed full pay and harbour time for the three months of study abroad, but he will not receive any allowance for victuals, nor any other allowance in addition to full pay.
  6. The privilege of study abroad will not be granted to any Officer more than once for the same Language.
  7. The regulations contained in paragraphs 2 to 6 are provisional only, and the question of their continuance will be considered after 12 months' experience of their working.

By command of their Lordships,
Evan Macgregor.
To all Commanders-in-Chief, &c.

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