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Regulations Respecting Examinations For First Appointments To The Royal Marines


Admiralty, 8th February 1879.

For the information of Candidates.

FIRST APPOINTMENTS TO ROYAL MARINE ARTILLERY -
REGULATIONS FOR ADMISSION, &C.

  1. Admission to the Royal Marine Artillery as Probationary Lieutenants will be offered to the successful Candidates in order of merit (according to the number of vacancies) at the open Competitive Examination for admission to the Royal Military Academy at Woolwich, taking place in July of each year. The Examination will be conducted by the Civil Service Commissioners.
  2. Candidates must first obtain permission from the Military Secretary, Horse Guards, to attend the Examination, and those who are desirous of obtaining an appointment in the Royal Marine Artillery, should send in their names to the Secretary of the Admiralty, to whom all enquiries on the subject should be addressed.

  3. The limits of age will be from 16 to 18, the Candidates being required to be within those limits on the 1st of July. They must be 5 ft. 5 in. in height.
  4. The successful Candidates will be appointed Lieutenants on Probation. They will proceed to the Royal Naval College, Greenwich, on the 1st October.
  5. Two Examinations of Probationary Lieutenants will be held in each year at the Royal Naval College, Greenwich. Those that pass a satisfactory Examination at the end of the first session after entry, will remain at the College for another session, at the end of which they will be again examined, and, if they pass satisfactorily, will receive Commissions in the Royal Marine Artillery, in order of merit, bearing date from the time they received their probationary appointments.
  6. Probationary Lieutenants who do not pass a satisfactory Examination at the end of the first session after entry will be finally excluded from the Royal Marines. Those who, after passing the first Examination, finally fail to qualify for the Royal Marine Artillery, may receive Commissions in the Royal Marine Light Infantry, bearing the same date as the Infantry Officers who passed the Army Examination at the same time, but be posted below them.
  7. Artillery Officers will be posted on the list of their Corps in the order in which they pass their final Examination at Greenwich.
  8. Officers of the Royal Marine Artillery on Probation, will receive 5s. 3d. a-day. Those who are permitted to remain after the first session will be allowed 1s. 6d. a-day Mess Allowance, until the expiration of their period of study at Greenwich.
  9. Officers, on passing out, will be attached to H.M.S. " Excellent," for a course of Gunnery and Torpedo Instruction ; on the conclusion of which they will join Head Quarters, and be instructed in their Drill and Military Duties for service ashore and afloat.
  10. Each successful Candidate must deposit the sum of 80 with the Accountant-General of the Navy, before he can be appointed Lieutenant on Probation for the Royal Marine Artillery, to provide for his equipment at the Royal Naval College, and on joining his Division. If the payment is made by cheque the same should be drawn in favour of the cashiers of the Bank of England, and be made payable in London.
  11. The Uniform for Officers on Probation will be Blue Patrol Jacket, Blue Working Jacket, Blue Mess Jacket, and Scarlet Waistcoat, Undress Trowsers, Sword, Sword-belt, and Forage Cap.

FIRST APPOINTMENTS TO ROYAL MARINE LIGHT INFANTRY -
REGULATIONS FOR ADMISSION, &c.

  1. Admission to the Royal Marine Light Infantry be offered to the successful Candidates, in order of merit (according to the number of vacancies), at the Open Competitive Examinations for admission to the Royal Military College at Sandhurst.
  2. The Examinations will be conducted by the Civil Service Commissioners, and will take place twice a-year, in the months of July and December.

    Candidates must first obtain permission from the Military Secretary, Horse Guards, to attend the Examination and those who are desirous of obtaining an appointment in the Royal Marine Light Infantry, should send in their names to the Secretary to the Admiralty, to whom all enquiries on the subject should be addressed.

    AGE, &c.

  3. The limits of age for Candidates for admission by competition, will be from 17 to 20 ; for Students of the Universities, who shall have passed the Interim Examination, front 17 to 21 ; for Graduates of the Universities who shall have passed the Examination for the Degree of B.A. or M.A., from 17 to 22. They must be 5 ft. 5 in. in height.
  4. Candidates must be within the prescribed limits of age on the following dates:

  5. Candidates for admission by Competition:

    On the 1st of January next following the Winter Examination, and on the 1st of July for the Midsummer Examination


  6. The successful Candidates will be appointed Lieutenants in the Royal Marine Light Infantry and will be posted on the list of their Corps in the order in which they passed their Examination. They will join their respective divisions at once, and be Instructed in their Drill and Military duties for service ashore and afloat. They will also undergo a course of Garrison or Military instruction.
  7. Each successful Candidate must deposit the sum of 80 with the Accountant-General of the Navy, before he call be appointed Lieutenant in the Royal Marine Light Infantry to provide for his equipment on joining his Division. If this payment is made by cheque, the same should be drawn in favour of the cashiers of the Bank of England, and he made payable in London.

By Command of their Lordships,

Robert Hall

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