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PERIODS OF ENLISTMENT FOR THE CORPS OF ROYAL ENGINEERS
The following data is quoted from Grierson (1899):*
For Engineers except Army Postal Service, Telegraph and Railway Reserve of the Engineers and Submarine Miners Reserve of the Engineers:
For Army Postal Service, Telegraph and Railway Reserve of the Engineers:
For Submarine Miners Reserve of the Engineers:
"The last two categories of recruits have to serve with the volunteers and are trained by them.
Recruits wishing to join the engineers . . . must be able to read and write, and for the corps of engineers they must have learnt some trade useful in the service."
* GRIERSON, J.M. Scarlet Into Khaki: The British Army on the Eve of the Boer War. Greenhill Books, London, 1988, p. 21-22.