Overview for Customs and Etiquette in the Services
The Services have their own customs. Some of them have been handed down from the distant past while others are of more recent origin. A custom is an established usage and, in the main, consists of positive actions which invariably are reasonable and usually universally accepted. Customs made for a more orderly life and, when continued for a long period tend to become common Law. The majority of customs, which are unwritten in official orders or regulations, complement procedure required by military courtesy. The customs of the armed forces are traditional in that they have been handed down through the ages from the senior to the junior. These custom belong to the noblest of professions, Viz., the profession of arms and their observance facilitates admission into the clan where gallantry, chivalry and comradeship-in-arms count above all else. The authors have brought out important facts in simple language which are clear and impressive. The extracts and instructions which have been quoted in this book serve as a useful compendium for officers.
R K Arora (Author)
Major General RK ARORA, of the Punjab Regiment, was awarded the President, was awarded the President’s Gold Medal on commissioning from the Indian Military Academy in 1972 and the Commando Dagger by the Infantry School a year later. He is a graduate of the Army Staff College, Camberley (UK) and Higher Command Course. He has extensive experience in counter-insurgency operations in Nagaland, Assam and Jammu & Kashmir. He had a long tenure with the United Nations Military Observer Group supervising the Iran Iraq ceasefire in 1988-90. He has served as an instructor in the Infantry School and the Perspective Planning Branch at Army HQ and Secretary of the Joint Planning Committee in the Ministry of Defence. He commanded 14 Punjab ( Nabha Akal) and an amphibious brigade in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands. Maj Gen Arora took over command of an Infantry Division in 2007. He has authored numerous books on Indian Military history.
Henry Roach (Author)
COLONEL HENRY ROACH (1924-1985) served during World War II as an Infantry Anti-tank (2 Pdr) gunner-officer and transferred to the Corps of Artillery when the upgraded (6 Pdr) weapon was incorporated into that arm. He conceived and pursued the quest of bringing out a chronicle on Customs and Etiquettes of the Services, while