Officers' Commissions Act 1862

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The Officers' Commissions Act 1862 (25 & 26 Vict. c. 4) was an Act of Parliament of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.

It provided that any officer's commission in the British Army could be issued without the royal sign-manual, provided that it was signed by a principal secretary of state and the commander in chief, or an appropriate officer depending on the specific branch of service. For the Royal Marines, a signature from the Admiralty was required.[1]

The Act, whilst amended to reflect changes in the military and political structure since 1862, is still in force.


  1. ^ Manual of Military Law, War Office. 6th edition, 1914.

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