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APPROXIMATE ESTIMATE OF THE COST OF THE
PROPOSED TERRITORIAL FORCE.
This estimate is intended to show the normal annual cost of the Force when fully organized and has been based upon the assumption that the Territorial Force will consist of sufficient troops, approximately 300,000 men, to form 14 Mounted Brigades, 14 Divisions and Army Troops; to provide for Coast Defences; and to supply 60 troops of Cavalry for service with the Regular Cavalry.
It has been assumed
(1.) That except the Divisional Generals and a comparatively small instructional staff, the force will be entirely officered by nonregular or ex-regular officers.
(2.) That regimental adjutants, except in the case of the Coast Defence troops, will be officers of the Territorial Force, and in consideration of the extra work required of them, when compared with other officers of the force, will receive 100l. per annum.
(3.) That money, sufficient to enable every officer and man and every unit to go into camp for 15 days will be provided each year and placed at the disposal of General Officers Commanding-in-Chief. From this fund the General Officer Commanding will have to meet all expenses connected with camps, schools of instruction, classes, &c.
(4.) That no payment of any kind, beyond railway fares, will be made to officers or men for attendance at drills or musketry, but that when at camp all ranks will receive the pay of a Regular soldier, of corresponding position, and a Government ration, or the allowance in lieu, and messing allowance.
(5.) That separation allowance will be given for
(a.) Non-commissioned officers above the rank of serjeant. (b.) 50 per cent. of other non-commissioned officers.
(6.) That one suit of clothes (Service dress) will be provided for each man.
(7.) A sum of 15s. per head* for the Cavalry and Infantry has been included for ammunition, but no allowance has been made for big gun ammunition for the Artillery, or stores for the Engineers, Army Service Corps, and Medical Departments.
(8.) It has been assumed that the Divisional Major-Generals will be additional to the present Army establishment of general officers.
(9.) No allowance has been made for a share of the non-effective charges for the Regular officers and non-commissioned officers employed with the Territorial Force.
(10.) For the accommodation (drill halls and rifle ranges) of the Force a sum of 55l. per company, and a proportionate sum for other units, has been included.
Present issue of ammunition to Volunteers is approximately 10s. a head.
*(11.) A sum of 75l. per company and a proportionate sum for other units has been taken for contingencies and the general expenses of administration.
(12.) The composition of the various units and the number of horses have been taken from the "War Establishments for 1907-08," compiled by the General Staff.
(13.) No provision is made in this estimate for initial expenditure for, e.g., guns, rifles, clothing, equipment, and capital expenditure on drill halls and ranges.
(14.) Cadets and rifle clubs are not included.
29th January, 1907.
GUY FLEETWOOD WILSON,
TABLE SHOWING STRENGTH AND COST OF AUXILIARY FORCES, REPRINTED FROM ARMY ESTIMATES FOR 1906-07.
(d) i.e., dividing the amount by the number (93,632) of all ranks effective on 1st Jan., 1906. (e) i.e., dividing the amount among 25,399 of all ranks effective on 1st Jan., 1906. (f) i.e., dividing the amount among the 252,940 effective on 1st October, 1905.
*NOTE -This is meant to cover the administration expenses of associations and units.