12. Every candidate for appointment shall satisfy the Commissioners that he is either:
- (i) a natural born British subject—
- (a) having at least one parent who is or was at the time of death a British subject; or
- (b) of any other parentage, provided that he has resided in His Majesty's Dominions and /or been employed elsewhere in the service of the Crown for at least five years out of the last eight years preceding the date of his appointment, or
- (ii) a naturalised British subject who has resided in His Majesty's Dominions and/or been employed elsewhere in the service of the Crown for at least five years out of the last eight years preceding the date of his appointment; or
- (iii) a British subject who, although not fulfilling the requirements of paragraph (i) or paragraph (ii), satisfied the Commissioners that he is so closely connected
with His Majesty's Dominions either by ancestry, upbringing or residence, or by reason- of national service, that an exception may properly be made in his favour.
Provided that a candidate will not be eligible for appointment to the Foreign Office or services under the control of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, or to the Admiralty, War Office, Air Ministry, or Ministry of Supply, unless he is a natural born British subject and born within the United Kingdom or in one of the self-governing Dominions of parents also born within the United Kingdom or in one of the self-governing Dominions, except when the circumstances are such as to justify a departure from the general rule in which case, provided the candidate satisfies the conditions prescribed by the preceding paragraphs, he may be admitted to appointment or competition by special permission of the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, the First Lord of the Admiralty, the Secretary of State for War, the Secretary of State for Air or the Minister of Supply, as the case may be.