asked the Secretary of State for War whether he will instruct the commanding officer of an officer cadet training unit, privately identified to him, that the present proportion of ceremonial parades is too high, and the insistence on small unnecessary details and duties from cadets, such as the present practice of enamelling bayonets with nail polish to keep them bright, is inordinate?
The syllabus provides for two formal parades each week, and I am informed that this number has not been exceeded. I understand that contrary to the regulations, bayonets have been polished. Instructions have been issued that this practice is to stop.
The main part of the training of the unit is of a technical character, and it is desirable that there should be a certain amount of parade drill. Although it is not fashionable to say so nowadays, smartness on parade has never done troops any harm.