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Rules of life for officers

You yourself will be a good warrior and an honest defender of the Motherland. Army aphorisms, court of honor, rules of life, old truths, the basis and essence of military service, attitude towards superiors and oneself.

The basis and essence of military service

1. Believe in God, be devoted to the Sovereign Emperor, His family and love the Motherland.

The first and main duty of a soldier is loyalty to the Sovereign, the Emperor and the Fatherland. Without this quality, he is not fit for military service. The integrity of the empire and the maintenance of its prestige are based on the strength of the army and navy; their qualities and shortcomings resonate throughout the country; therefore it is not your business to get involved in social questions and political philosophies; your job is to keep doing yours. duties.

2. Put above all the glory of the Army.

3. Be brave. But courage is true and feigned. The arrogance of youth is not courage. A military man must always be prudent and consider his actions calmly and carefully. If you are low and arrogant, everyone will hate you.

4. Obey discipline.

5. Respect and trust your superiors.

6. Be afraid to violate your duty - this forever, you will lose your good name.

7. An officer must be faithful and truthful. Without these qualities, it is almost impossible for a military man to remain in the army. Faithful - a person who fulfills his duty, truthful - if he does not change his word. Therefore, never promise unless you are sure that you will keep the promise.

8. Be polite and modest in dealing with all people.

9. The best part of courage is caution.

Attitude towards superiors and yourself

1. Always remember that you are an officer.

2. Be formal with your superiors,

3. Remember that the boss is always and everywhere the boss.

4. Never criticize the actions and deeds of the boss in general; with someone - especially, and God forbid at the lower ranks.

5. Any order of the head of the service, in whatever form it may be expressed (proposal, request, advice) - is an order.

6. If you are older in rank, and in terms of the distribution of posts you will be subordinate to the younger one, you are obliged to fulfill everything, the orders of the person placed over you, without any dispute.

7. If you come on vacation for three days or less, then, without appearing in person, you must certainly send your vacation ticket to the commandant's office. Arriving for more than three days, it is necessary to appear personally to the commandant.

8. At the end of the vacation period, he is obliged to appear again at the Commandant's Office or inform the Commandant's Office in an open letter: “I went to the place of my service today” (Signature).

9.“Who wants to be able to order, must be able to obey!” Napoleon said.

10. Take care of your honor, the honor of the regiment and the army.

11. Dress strictly in uniform and always clean.

12. Strictly treat your official duties.. (Disc. rules § 1).

13. Keep yourself simple, with dignity, without foppishness.

14. Be restrained (correct) and tactful always, with everyone and everywhere.

15. Be courteous and helpful, but not intrusive and flattering. Know how to leave in time so as not to be superfluous.

17. Make yourself talk less.

18. Be observant and careful in your expressions.

19. Do not write hasty letters and reports in haste.

20. Be less frank in general, you will regret it. Remember: "My tongue is my enemy."

21. Don't go crazy - you won't prove dashing with this, but you will compromise yourself. Forget "good old time" and the expression "Bad officer who doesn't drink." Now it’s different: “A bad officer who drinks,” and “Such an officer is not kept in the regiment.”

22. Do not rush to get on a short footing with a person whom you do not know enough.

23. Avoid "you", which gives a reason and the right to familiarities of bad taste, an excuse on the rights of friendship to scold you, interfere in your affairs, say vulgarity, rudeness, etc.

24 Often the elder, tipsy, offers to go with him. no misters". However, the next day, be diplomatic:

either speak to him in "you", or wait until he first addresses you in "you". In a word, tact is a necessary condition in order not to get into an awkward position or a mess.

25. Avoid stories and scandals. Do not act as an uninvited witness: by supporting one, you will make an enemy in the other - a double-edged sword. Neutrality is a means even of great powers; a means to maintain good relations with everyone,

26. A person who has made enemies, no matter how smart, kind, honest and truthful he is, dies almost inevitably, since enemies in society are always active, while friends passive; they only sympathize, regret, sigh, but do not fight for the perishing, fearing for their own fate,

27. Avoid money accounts with comrades. Money always ruins relationships.

28. Do not make debts: do not dig holes for yourself. Live within your means. Drop false selfishness. It is immoral to make debts without being able to pay them; otherwise - do not get into someone else's pocket...

29. Himself, if you can, help a friend financially, but personally avoid taking it, as this lowers your dignity.

30. Do not splurge on someone else's account, not having the means to repay the same, if you do not want your dignity and pride to suffer. Remember the French proverb: "It is better to drink bad wine from your own small glass than good wine from someone else's large."

31. Live alone - calmer. Living together with a friend eventually leads to squabbles, even a break.

32. Do not take personally offensive remarks, witticisms of ridicule, said after, which often happens on the streets and in public places. Be above it. Leave - you will not lose, but you will get rid of the scandal.

33. Consider each decisive step. It is impossible to correct a mistake, but it is difficult to make amends. "Measure seven times, cut once."

34. Be considerate before a quarrel than yield after a quarrel.

35. At a critical moment, friends will not help: they are powerless in military service, bound by discipline and obedience to superiors.

36. If you cannot say anything good about someone, then refrain from saying bad things, if you know.

37. Do not neglect anyone's advice - listen. The right to follow him or not will remain with you.

38. Be able to take advantage of the good advice of another -. an art no less than giving good advice to oneself.

39. Avoid military conversations with anyone outside of duty, especially during wartime.

40. Be careful in choosing acquaintances: be guided not only by their education, but also by their social position in society. "Tell me who you know and I'll tell you who you are."

41. In the presence of batmen (in general, in the presence of a servant), refrain from speaking on sensitive topics. This habit must be firmly eradicated in oneself and always remembered. Unfortunately, most people forget this. Meanwhile, the servant listens especially sensitively and looks closely at the life of their masters, takes note of everything and often spreads ridiculous rumors to the homes of acquaintances (through the servants).

42. A person who uses a batman should monitor his health, behavior and should not allow illegal treatment with him; to give orderlies for the service of another person is, of course, prohibited.

43. Responsibility for non-compliance with the uniform of batmen and behavior falls on the officer with whom the batman is a member.

44. Do not use the services of someone else's orderly without prior permission, do not order anything - not tactfully.

45. After graduating from college, continue to study. In the knowledge of the art of war is your strength. There is no time to learn in battles, but you have to apply what you have learned. Do not lose sight of the fact that it is necessary to know all kinds of weapons.

46. The officer in all cases of his life and service submits a written report: on arrival in the regiment, on departure on a business trip, vacation and return from such, on taking up or surrendering a position, on illness and recovery, on clashes and cases in the service or outside it, about any petitions and so on.

47. Reports are written concisely, to the point and without titles to the boss.

48. The signature of an officer, whatever rank he may be, must always be legible and without any flourishes.

49. Military officials are guided by the same rules as officers.

Old truths

1. Firmness of will and fearlessness are two qualities necessary for a military man.

2. An officer must be distinguished by moral qualities on which the personal behavior of a fighter is based, since he is associated with charm over the masses, which is so necessary for the leader.

3. The strength of an officer is not in impulses, but in unbreakable calm.

4. Honor tempers courage and ennobles bravery

5. Honor is the shrine of an officer.

6. The officer must respect the human rights of his brother - the lower rank.

7. A boss who does not spare the vanity of his subordinates suppresses their noble desire to become famous and thereby lowers their moral strength.

8. All age classes of the population pass through the ranks of the army, the influence of the officer corps extends to the whole people.

9. Woe to the country, if, leaving the service, a soldier endures disgust for the soldiers' ranks.

10. Do not pass off as irrefutable truth what you either do not believe at all, or at least doubt. To do so is a crime.

11. It is necessary that not only the formal side of the service should flourish, but also the moral side.

12. Maintaining an army is expensive. But the cost of the army is an insurance premium that the state pays to ensure its security and independence.

13. The army is an oak that protects the homeland from storms.

Rules of life

1. Do not look after regimental ladies (in the vulgar sense). Do not create dirt in your regimental family, in which you will have to serve for decades. Such novels always end tragically.

2. Never express opinions about women. Remember, women at all times have been the cause of discord and the greatest misfortunes, not only of individuals, but of entire empires.

3. Protect the reputation of the woman who has trusted you, whoever she may be. A decent person in general, especially an officer, even in the intimate circle of his faithful and experienced friends, never talks about such things - a woman is always most afraid of publicity.

4. There are situations in life when you have to silence your heart and live with your mind.

5. Be very, very careful in your intimate life. “The regiment is your supreme judge.”

6. Any unseemly actions of an officer are discussed by the regimental court of honor.

7. One should not talk about service and affairs in society.

8. Entrusted secret or secret, even of an unofficial nature - keep. A secret communicated by you to even one person ceases to be a secret.

9. Do not cross the line of conventions developed by the traditions of the regiment and life.

10. Be guided in life by instinct, a sense of justice and the duty of decency.

11. Be able not only to think and reason, but also to be silent in time and hear everything.

12. In military service, do not show pride in trifles, otherwise you will always suffer because of it.

13. Be always on the alert and don't loosen up.

14. Although military personnel are allowed to engage in literary activities, they are not entitled to sign their articles with the designation of their rank and position (Circus. Head. Piece 1908 No. 61).

15. Servicemen for printing are subject not only to the general criminal procedure, but may be brought to trial by the society of officers, and those not subject to this court - to disciplinary liability, inclusive up to dismissal from service in a disciplinary procedure (Prik. on military Vedas 1908 No. 310).

16. To catch other people in lies means to harm yourself and them.

17. Try to keep your words soft in the dispute, and the arguments are firm. Try not to annoy the enemy, but to convince him.

18. It is not customary for officers to dance at public masquerades.

19. Entering a public place, be careful, if the public is there without any top dress and without caps, then you must do the same.

20. If you want to smoke, ask for permission, but rather wait until you are offered either by the mistress of the house or by the elder (depending on where and when).

21. Everyone has his own shortcomings: no one can do without the help of others, and therefore we must help each other with advice and mutual warnings.

22. When speaking, avoid gestures and do not raise your voice.

23. If you enter a society in which there is a person with whom you are in a quarrel, then, greeting everyone, it is customary to shake hands and to him, of course, if this cannot be avoided without turning attention of those present or hosts. Sharing a hand does not give rise to unnecessary talk, and does not oblige you to anything.

24. According to the Highest expressed will, it is necessary for an officer to greet with a salute when meeting on the street chief officers of all types of weapons, regardless of the seniority of their rank and without waiting for a greeting from them first.

25. Chief officers (lieutenant colonels, colonels) and generals are obliged to give the established. honor. Upon entering them, if the officer was sitting, one must stand up and bow, and not barely get up or continue to sit.

26. It is indecent to salute and carelessly accept honor ((also from lower ranks) with your left hand (except for the wounded), or with a cigarette in your teeth, nod your head, keep your left hand in your pocket when saluting. Walking arm in arm with a lady "the officer is not exempt from saluting according to the charter.

27. The cap must be worn in accordance with the charter, and the overcoat is always fastened with all buttons.

28. Needless to say, that the officer must obey in public places all the rules that exist for the public.

29 In general, the behavior of an officer should pay attention to others with his correctness and forethought.

O court of honor

1. Do not forget that in order to preserve the dignity of military service, officers who are seen in disapproving behavior or actions that are incompatible with the concepts of military honor and valor of an officer rank or exposing an officer’s lack of morality and nobility, exposed with udu of the society of officers. This court is also given the right to deal with quarrels that occur between officers.

2. Judgment of honor is held behind closed doors. No more than 24 hours are allowed for the consideration of the case in the court of honor and the decision of the verdict. On the verdict of the court of honor on the merits of the case, complaints do not rely. A court of honor is a regimental secret, Whoever divulges it is subject to a court of honor.

3. Among the actions dealt with in the regimental court of honor, there may be: a fight between officers, borrowing money from lower ranks, playing cards with lower ranks, playing billiards, bringing persons of dubious behavior to the officers' meeting, writing anonymous letters, playing cards dishonestly, refusing to pay a gambling debt, ambiguously courting the wife of a regimental comrade, appearing in a public place drunk or indecent, etc.

4. Duels are allowed only by order or permission of the regimental court of honor. Dueling in wartime is prohibited.

Remember the aphorisms

1. The one who is not afraid of anything is more powerful than the one whom everyone is afraid of.

2. To become ridiculous means to lose your case.

3. When two people quarrel, both are always to blame.

4. Pull but don't tear.

5. Example is the most eloquent of sermons.

6. Backbiting harms three at once: the one about whom they speak badly; the one who is spoken badly; but most of all to him who speaks evil.

7. A gunshot wound can be healed, but a tongue wound never heals.

8. The strongest delusions are those that do not have. doubt.

9. Courage gives success to an officer, and success gives courage.

10. It's smart to be silent by the way.

11. Means to get bored - say everything you know.

12. Modest is not the one who is indifferent to praise, but the one who is attentive to censures.

13. The last resort must always be the last resort.

14. Everyone looks, but not everyone sees.

15. Laws should be enforced, not reinterpreted.

16. Vanity is a sign of consciousness of one's insignificance.

17. Right thinking is more valuable than knowing a lot.

18. For taste - to the young, for advice - to the old.

19. If you say, you won't turn back; if you write, you won't erase;

20. A clear conscience is the best pillow.

21. The beauty of the mind causes surprise, the beauty of the soul - respect.

22. It is necessary to conquer with the mind that which cannot be overcome by force. 18

23. Do not be intrusive, so that you are not pushed away, and do not move too far away, so that you are not forgotten.

24. It's not your place to get involved in social issues.

25. The best part of courage is caution.

26. Did not introduce himself to the commander - wait a little with the theater.

27. Know how to leave in time.

28. Friends are not enemies, they are always passive.

29. Friends are powerless. They are bound by obedience to superiors.

30. Woe to a country where a soldier has an aversion to the soldiers' ranks.

31. Expenses for the army - state insurance premium.

32. Do not be humiliated by the publicity of intimacy.

33. And salute next to the lady.

34. Spare the pride of the soldiers. They have it developed no less than the officers.

35. It is important that subordinates respect you and not fear you.

36. There is nothing worse than indecision. Better a worse decision than hesitation or inaction.

37. A good example is always better than a rule.

38. Perished authority - perished and all the military educational work of the chief.

39. Do not forget that the charter is for us, and we are not for the charter.

40. When two people quarrel, both are always to blame”,

41. Courage gives success to an officer, and success gives courage.

42. Vanity is a sign of consciousness of one's insignificance.


a fly in the ointment will spoil a barrel of honey, ”and if you serve in everything like that, then everything will be fine with you. You yourself will be a good warrior and an honest defender of the Motherland; your superiors will love you and reward you for everything being in order and in order, and your subordinates will love you for being fair. courteous to them, you love them yourself and replace their father. To know, and the service is in good order, and the authorities are satisfied, and you are calm, and your people are well; most pleasant and from people honor and respect.

Author: Valentin Mikhailovich Kulchitsky