What was the question?
Posted by Ann on September 27, 1997 at 23:47:40:
In response to Commissions, written by Ann on September 27, 1997 at 23:43:54
] In the British army at this time, until you reached the rank of, I think Colonel, there were only 2 ways you could get a promotion: 1) You could get a battlefield promotion due to senority, if the guy ahead of you gets killed off, and 2) you could buy it. After the rank of Colonel, you actually had to earn your way to General's rank. In the Sharpe novels (my sole source for this stuff) the commanders were not even allowed to promote men. If they wanted to put a certain man in charge of a unit, they couldn't do it--even if he were more competant than anyone else. Competency had nothing to do with one's rank. By contrast, the French army was merit, not money, based.
I guess I kinda forgot to answer the question. The commission is a position in the army. For exampley a man would buy the position of Captain of the Blank Company of the Blank Regiment. If he left the army, he would then sell his commission/position to someone else.
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