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QUESTIONS

ON THE

INSTRUCTION OF MUSKETRY

ANSWERED.

GENERAL ORDER.

1. The 1st February, 1859.

2. Because this is the latest edition; in which all the orders issued on the subject of musketry, since the last edition was published, have been embodied.

3. The late Field-Marshal Viscount Hardinge.

4. The great advantage is, that the training of the soldier has been expedited without in any way diminishing his efficient instruction in the use of the rifle.

5. Yes; they have been simplified and reduced in number.

6. Yes; only those for the platoon and skirmishing practices being retained.

7. Eight days; whereas the Infantry recruit's training used to occupy twenty-four days, it is now completed in sixteen.

8. Twelve days, instead of eighteen as formerly.
9. The standing orders of the army.

10. They are to make such a disposition of the forces under their orders, as will in their opinion best serve this end.

11. The position drill-more particularly the first and third practices-is to be frequently performed under close supervision.

12. The left arm becomes strengthened, and by this means the soldier gets a perfect command over the rifle with his left hand.

13. No; it can only be attained by constant and careful practice.

14. At Hythe (Kent), in 1853.

15. The late Viscount Hardinge.

16. To instruct officers and non-commissioned officers in the theory and practice of musketry, and to train them to act as instructors in the various regiments.

DUTIES, INSTRUCTORS, &c.

1. The commanding officer.

2. Yes; it is the most important part.

3. He is carefully to study the musketry regulations, and to superintend personally the drill and practice of the companies under instruction.

4. The commanding officer.

5. Yes; undoubtedly.

6. Yes; for it is a component part of the battalion and company drill.

7. They are to attend the rifle drill and practice with their companies, and to make themselves thoroughly acquainted with the "Instruction of Musketry," as well as with the proficiency of every man of their company in shooting and judging distance.

8. The "officer instructor of musketry."

9. He is charged with the entire musketry training of the young officers and recruits, as well as with the theoretical and preliminary instruction of the other officers and soldiers of the battalion annually.

10. A first-class certificate from Hythe.

11. He is exempted from all regimental and garrison duties.

12. Yes; one of the regimental staff.

13. He is allowed an overslaugh on the roster for duty with the service companies, which he is not required to join without special orders from the Commander-inChief.

14. Yes; an ፡፡ assistant officer instructor."
15. A certificate of qualification from Hythe.

16. All regimental and garrison duties while the annual course of instruction is proceeding.

17. Whenever the officer instructor is absent for upwards of fourteen days.

18. Specify the name of the officer who is to do the duty during the Instructor's absence.

19. One or more.

20. The corps of permanent instructors of musketry. 21. They are to attend all target drills and practices, superintend the company instructors, and assist the officer instructor in all his duties.

22. All regimental, garrison, and barrack, duties. 23. No; except as regards discipline.

24. Second class sergeant instructors take rank next to the quartermaster-sergeants, except in the Guards, where they rank with the drill-sergeants according to seniority; third class rank next to the color-sergeants.

25. The color-sergeant, or troop sergeant-major. 26. The next senior sergeant.

27. He is to attend with his company when at target, and judging distance, drills and practices; he is also charged, under the orders of his captain and of the officer and battalion sergeant instructors, with the instruction of the men in the cleaning and management of their arms.

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