Reduction to Substantive Ranks.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 27th January 1942.

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Dr. Russell Thomas:

asked the Secretary of State for War what instructions have been issued giving commanding officers arbitrary powers to reduce their officers to their substantive ranks?

Photo of Mr David Margesson Mr David Margesson , Rugby

A commanding officer has complete discretion to order any officer under his command holding acting or temporary rank (except his second in command) to revert to his war substantive rank if he wishes to promote an officer whom he consider more suitable for the appointment.