PROCESS OF SELECTION FOR GERMAN GENERAL STAFF.
Is" the always-to-be-admired German army the process of staff selection has been some generations in progress. Their staff, says a writer in Blackwood's Magazine, is divided into " general staff'' . and . " adjutant" branches. Ihe best of the graduates of their staff college, after a brief period with their regiments, are attached to the great general staff at headquarters for a year. If they are satisfactory they remain on probation for a further year, and if then tit for appointment to the general staff are at once promoted captains. They are then employed on the general staff anywhere in. the army, returning from time to time to their own arm of the service, to command the unit their rank suits them for—a company or squadron, a battalion or regiment, as the case may be. Those V graduates who are not attached to the great general staff, or who do not survive the first probationary year, rejoin their regiments, it being held that the staff college course is an immense advantage to any officer, staff or regimental. The "adjutant' branch officer?, or administrative staff, are furnished as a rule from* the staff college, graduates not. posted' to the, general staff". Its members receive some, measure of special promotion, and men from it are from time to time selected for appointment to the general staff. "Phis latter is also occasionally recruited by tho selection of officers from regiments who have been able to bring themselves to the front without having been to the staff col--log*. . .... i "Thus the vital 'principle is maintained, which allows.prospect of special advancement to any man ii he will be of advantage to the State,' irrespective of recognised qualifications.