Advice to Officers of the British Army

Submitted by Inchcock

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Ignorance of your profession is likewise best concealed by solemnity and silence, which pass for profound knowledge upon the generality of mankind. A proper attention to these, together with extreme severity, particularly in trifles, will soon procure you the character of a good officer.

As you probably did not rise to your present distinguished rank by your own merit, it cannot reasonably be expected that you should promote others on that score.

Be sure to give out a number of orders - The more trifling they are, the more it shows your attention to the service, and should your orders contradict one another, it will give you an opportunity of altering them, and find subjects for fresh regulations.

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