The Rock

THE GOVERNOR’S MESSAGE (Continued From Front Page} few magazines which, though essentially topical and full of local colour, find their way abroad —or, to put it more aptly, home —to the extent of some ninety percent, of their circulation. Life on the Rock in war-time is no idyll. We all extend the heartiest of welcomes to any effort^ to alleviate the inevitable routine of an inevit­ably abnormal existence. And of these efforts, we are surely all agreed that “The Rock Magazine” is not only outstanding but constant. Quite apart from the magazine itself, to which we look forward so eagerly each month, the various activities which it sponsors and finances are assets of inestimable value. I know that I am speaking for all on the Rock and for many readers elsewhere in extending our most grateful thanks to Padre Gladstone and Reginald Cudlipp for their initiative and vision in founding “The Rock Magazine” and for their unflagging editorial and social ser­vice. And we must very much include in our thanks all those talented contributors who, month by month, maintain and increase so high a standard of literary and pictorial entertainment. Here’s wishing a happy birthday and many happy and successful re­turns to our “Rock Magazine.” F. N. MASON MacFARLANE New Methods Of Officer Selection By a War Office Selection Board Representative SELECTION of Personnel throughout the ranks of the Army began over two years ago, ¦when the Service was expanded and mechanised. With men having to be trained rapidly for new and often complicated jobs, some indication of their capacity was needed if the right men were to be chosen for those jobs. «This selection has proved most economical and it was only logical to extend selection methods in order to find the best men for the responsible job of officer. Even in the hands of the most experienced, interview is not enough to assess the many qualities needed for this position, and more so when the acid oftest battle was not available on a .large scale. The Germans have been using elaborate selection pro­cedure for thoir officers since 1926. Towards the end of 1941. these tests wore analysed and experiments were carried out to adopt a procedure suitablo to the British Army. It was baned on a careful analysis of the tasks to bo performed by an officer and the specific qualities calk'd for. An experimental Officer Selection Hoard was setup in early 10-12. Within a few months methods were considered to be sufficiently satisfactory to setup other boards through­out the United Kingdom, and now Gibraltar is to have 5ts own board, which will supersede the old arrangement. The boards are composed of a President, who is a senior officer of long and wide experience. Under him work Mili­tary Testing Officers, who conduct various kinds of practical iosts, and a Psychiatrist, who is a medical officor with special inexperience interviewing and assessing aspects of personality and temperament. There is also a Psychological Department, which co-operates iu testing and analysing apti­tudes and talents. The procedure is designed to test those qualities of ability and personality which all officers require. Great care is' taken to avoid rigid discipline and every effort is made to put candidates at their ease. Naturally, further experimentation i* going onto secure constant improvement. The tests arc widely varied so that all men are given a ehanoe to show their individual ubilities. On the first day, the candidates are given a battery of tests. These comprine questionnaires to provide the Hoard with a brief record of their military and civilian background and others to show the candidates’ powers of reasoning and ability to learn. Methods are used which eliminate educational differences and special knowledge. There are also tests for showing jK>rsonal attitudes and interests. On the second day, men are interviewed by t.he Board President and the Psychiatrist. During the day, various practical tests are carried out by the Military Testing Officers, who are able to ^auge many of their candidates’ officer quali­ties by seeing them inaction indifferent situation#!. On the last day, a conference is held at which each candidate is fully discussed and every member of the Board gives his opinion in turn. The final verdict, based on the result of obser­vation and examination of the man in a wide variety of circumstances, is like the completion of a jig-saw puzzle when all the parts are integrated to create a final picture. THE BEAR O NCK upon a midnight dreary Hitler pondered weak and weary, Over 'many a quaint and curious Volume of his Nazi lore. Suddenly there came a tapping, As of someone gently rapping, And a scraping as if talons Had-been drawn across the door. Only that, and nothing more.“ ’Tis my Eagle,” Hitler muttered,“ ’Tis my Eagle that has fluttered Prom his eyrie on the mountain To his master’s chamber door. Come as bird of cheerful omen, Come to tell of conquered foemen. Come as exhibition showman. Of my triumphs in the war?” fl*hen he rose and quieklv opened, Opened wide the chandler door: “Welcome glorious Prussian Eagle INSPIRED BY JOHN GIELGUD REND'S E RING OF "CROAKED THEE A G L E”AT THE T HEAT R E ROYAL Symbol of dominions regnl. Come with news of shattered Russians Chased on plains of Don and Dar, Come with news o f beaten Britons, Routed Yanks and bombed-out kittens. Tell me of our troops triumphant, Toll me our Luftwaffe’s score!” But instead of Prussian Eagle Symbol of dominion regal, Came a black ajid grisly monster Blocking out the chamber door. Waddling slowly, ponderous heavy. Onto Hitler's polished floor. And his slavering jaws were open Dripping mingled froth and gore. And his claws were stuck with feathers Cluttered up with Eagle’s feathers, And his rod eyes gleamed with triumph Though his head was scarred and sore: —Just a boar and nothing more. A.R. THOMPSON.
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