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TABLE showing the MARKS obtained by the CANDIDATES for ADMISSION to the ROYAL MILITARY ACADEMY and for FIRST APPOINTMENTS in the ROYAL MARINE ARTILLERY-Continued. UNSUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES.
2,000 4,000 6,000
* These marks were gained in English Composition in the preliminary examination.
Note. In addition to the above, 82 candidates presented themselves, but failed to pass the preliminary examination.
OF CANDIDATES FOR ADMISSION TO THE ROYAL MILITARY COLLEGE, SANDHURST, AND FOR FIRST APPOINTMENTS TO THE ROYAL MARINE LIGHT INFANTRY. JULY 1878.
Extract from the Regulations respecting Examinations for Admission to the Royal Military College and for First Appointments therefrom to the Army. [Issued with G.O. 88 of 1876.]
II. REGULATIONS FOR ADMISSION.
1. GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS.
3. Admission to the Royal Military College as cadets will be granted,
(a.) To a successful candidate at a competitive examination in general subjects to be held under such regulations as may be issued from time to time.
(b.) To a graduate in Arts at the universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, London, Dublin, Edinburgh, St. Andrew's, Glasgow, Aberdeen, and the Queen's University, Ireland, or to a student who has passed "moderations" at Oxford, the "previous "examination" at Cambridge, the "final examination of the "senior freshman year" at Dublin, "the first year's examina"tion" at Durham, "the first university examination in "Arts or in engineering" at Queen's University, Ireland, the "examination for candidates for the army" at Scotch universities, and the "first examination" for the degrees of B.A., LL.B., B.Sc., or M.B., at London University; subject in each case to the competitive examination prescribed by paragraph 22.
(c.) To cadets styled "Queen's cadets"; "honorary Queen's cadets"; "Indian cadets"; and to pages of honour.
4. The number of cadets admitted to the College will vary according to the requirements of the service.
5. The dates of admission will be the 10th February and 1st September in each year.
6. The examinations of candidates for admission to the Royal Military College as cadets will be conducted by the Civil Service Commissioners, and will take place twice a year, in the months of December and July.
7. Notice will be given from time to time of the day and place of the examinations, and of the number of vacancies open to competition at each periodical examination.
8. The number of trials allowed will not exceed two in the case of university candidates, and three in that of other candidates.
9. All candidates will be inspected by a medical board; and no candidate will be considered eligible for a commission unless certified by the board to be free from any bodily defects or ailments, and in all respects, as to height and physical qualities, fit for Her Majesty's Service.
Cases of exceptional shortness of stature will be referred to the War
10. The limits of age for candidates for admission to the Royal Military College by competition, for Queen's cadets, Queen's honorary cadets, Indian cadets, and pages of honour, will be from 17 to 20; for students of the universities who shall have passed the interim examination as specified in paragraph 3 (b), from 17 to 21; and for graduates of the universities who shall have passed the examination for the degree of B.A. or M.A., from 17 to 22.
11. Competitors who desire to obtain commissions in West India regiments may be admitted up to the age of 24. This extension of the limit of age will not apply to university candidates.
12. Candidates must be within the prescribed limits of age on the following dates:
*13. A candidate for admission by competition at the December or July examination must send to the Military Secretary, not later than the 15th October or 15th May respectively, an application to be examined, accompanied by the following papers :
(a.) An extract from the register of his birth; or, in default, a declaration made by one of his parents or guardians before a magistrate, giving his exact age.
(b.) A certificate of good moral character, signed by the tutors or heads of the schools or colleges at which he has received his education from his twelfth year to the date of application, or some other satisfactory proof of good moral character. *14. When a candidate who has once been examined applies to be examined again, he will only be required to forward a certificate as to his moral character for the interval between the two examinations.
*15. A candidate will be required to satisfy the Civil Service Commissioners in the following subjects:
(1.) Mathematics,-viz., (a) arithmetic, including vulgar and decimal fractions, proportion, and simple interest; (b) geometry, not beyond the standard of the first book of Euclid.
(2.) French, German, or some other modern language; the examination being limited to a translation from the language, and grammatical questions.
(3.) Writing English correctly, and in a good legible hand, from
(4.) The elements of geometrical drawing; including the construction of scales, and the use of simple mathematical instruments.
16. No marks will be allotted for the above preliminary examination, excepting for geometrical drawing, the maximum number for which will
*Paragraphs 13-17 have been modified (see p. 270).
be 300. The preliminary examination will be dispensed with in the case of candidates who have passed it at previous examinations, but COLLEGE, they may again take up geometrical drawing if they wish to obtain AND ROYAL marks in that subject.
MARINE LIGHT INFANTRY.
*17. The "further examination" will be proceeded with immediately on the conclusion of the "preliminary examination." Candidates who fail in the preliminary examination will be informed of their failure as soon as possible, and they will then be released from further attendance. 18. The subjects of the further examination, and the maximum number of marks obtainable for each subject, will be as follows :-
(1.) Mathematics,-viz., algebra, up to and including
(2.) English composition, tested by the power of writing an
3,000 - 3,000
(5.) French; the examination to be partly colloquial
(8.) General and physical geography, and geology -
Of these nine subjects candidates will not be allowed to take up more than four nor less than two, exclusive of drawing.
19. In order to secure a proper proficiency in all the subjects taken up by a candidate, a certain number will be deducted from the marks gained by the candidate in each subject.
20. The following will be the mode of selecting the successful candidates at the open competitive examination. After the proper deduction (in accordance with paragraph 19) has been made from the number of marks gained by each candidate in the several subjects in which he has been examined, the remainders will be summed up, and the marks gained by the candidate, in geometrical drawing, at the preliminary examination will be added thereto. The resulting total will determine the place of the candidate in the competitive list; the successful candidates being those who stand at the head of the list to the number of cadetships competed for.
Paragraphs 13-17 have been modified (see p. 270).
The authors specified for the examination were as follows, viz. :—
The period specified was A.D. 1793 to A.D. 1820, with special reference to the War in the Peninsula.
§ Subjects (a) and (b) are alternative; a candidate will not be allowed to take up both.
3. EXAMINATION OF UNIVERSITY CANDIDATES.
21. A graduate or student of one of the universities specified in paragraph 3 who, having obtained his university qualification while within the maximum limit of age specified in paragraph 10, is desirous of becoming a candidate for a cadetship at the Royal Military College, must send an application to the Military Secretary in the month of May or October, with a view to his appointment under the provisions of paragraph 22; but no such application can be admitted before the candidate has actually attained the age of 17, nor later than the 31st of May or 31st October next following the date of his attaining the maximum limits of age prescribed for graduates and students, respectively, in paragraph 10. The application must be accompained by papers (a) and (b) described in paragraph 13, and by a certificate from the proper authority that he has taken his degree in Arts, or has passed the university examination specified in paragraph 3 (b).
22. Notice will be given from time to time of the number of cadetships which will be allotted half-yearly to university candidates. In case there should be more candidates than vacancies, the required number will be selected by competition among the said candidates at the ensuing July or December examination, but without a preliminary examination, except in geometrical drawing, which is obligatory. University candidates who may have been unsuccessful at their first examination will be allowed a second opportunity of competing, provided that "students" shall not have exceeded their twenty-second year, and that "graduates" shall not have exceeded their twenty-third year, at the time of such second examination. These limits of age will be ruled by the 1st July for the summer and by the 1st January for the winter examinations.
4. EXAMINATION OF QUEEN'S AND INDIAN CADETS AND PAGES OF HONOUR.
23. Queen's cadets are sons of officers of the Army, Royal Navy, and Royal Marines, who have fallen in action, or died of wounds received in action, or of disease contracted on service abroad, and who have left their families in reduced circumstances. They are appointed by the Secretary of State on the recommendation of the Commander-in-Chief or First Lord of the Admiralty.
24. Honorary Queen's cadets are sons of officers of the Army, Royal Navy, and Royal Marines who were killed in action or who had died of wounds received in action within six months of such wounds having been received, or of illness brought on by fatigue, privation, or exposure incident to active operations in the field before an enemy, within six months after their having been first certified to be ill. (See Article 5 of the Royal Warrant of 27th November 1873, clause 151, Army Circulars, 1873.)
25. Applications for Queen's cadetships and honorary Queen's cadetships should be addressed to the Military Secretary, if the candidate is the son of an officer of the Army, or to the Secretary of the Admiralty, if the candidate is the son of an officer of the Royal Navy or Royal Marines.
26. Indian cadets are the sons of persons who have served in India in the military or civil service of Her Majesty, or of the East India Company, and are nominated by the Secretary of State for India in Council, under the provisions of 21 & 22 Vict. c. 106. and 23 & 24 Vict. c. 100. Applications for Indian cadetships should be addressed to the Military Secretary, India Office.