"The commandant wishing to create and support such an establishment, in which the comfort and respectability of the officers under his command will be so much concerned, demands from all their support in carrying out the following rules."
"Officers on joining should have their hair cut according to regulation. They should be particular about shaving and always neat when in uniform. They should, when speaking to the commandant, address him as "Sir"; when meeting him they should salute."
"Officers will not forget that it is due to the honour of the professions which they have selected, to set at all times an example of gentlemanlike feeling and conduct. It will be each officer's endeavour to support the high character of the service and especially to maintain the esprit de corps of the Regiment."
"At inspection dinners or luncheons all officers, married or single, must be present. The additional expenses by such inspection luncheon or dinner, including the extra cost of wines, etc consumed by the guests, will be equally defrayed by all members of the mess present and absent."
"The following Orders are issued subject to the provisions of the King's Regulations and Orders for the Canadian Militia, which it is their purpose to supplement in matters pertaining especially to The Royal Canadian Regiment."
Enthusiasm "on the job" is absolutely essential. There can be no play acting when an officer is under the curious eyes of men who can tell easily whether their leader's enthusiasm is just being "put on" or whether it is the real thing, derived from real interest in the value of the job to be done.
Every member of a Sergeants' Mess is expected to obey certain unwritten laws but there are no regulations or written instructions to assist the newly promoted senior NCO in most of these matters. This memo is intended to assist those new senior NCOs and refresh the memories of the senior and older members.
"There are three things - and only three - that are inevitable in this world. There is death, there is tax, and there is the fact that from time to time, senior naval officers and Chief Petty Officers will lament the erosion of naval ethos among more junior officers and NCMs."
… any young officer can eat three helpings of all courses and still leave the table hungry, there is always the possibility that you may be dining with civilians whose education may not be so advanced as to include this knowledge.
A great number of new subalterns past and present have, unfortunately, learned to conduct themselves socially only after a great deal of embarrassment. This is rather a hit-and-miss way of learning to conduct yourself which is neither effective nor pleasant Unfortunately with this method in order to be corrected in regard to what you have done wrong you must first do it.
"Completed staff work" is the study of a problem, and presentation of a solution, by a staff officer, in such form that all that remains to be done on the part of the head of the staff division, or the commander, is to indicate his approval or disapproval of the completed action.