'It must ever be remembered that
the main purposes for which the regimental schools are
established are, to give the soldiers the comfort of being
assured that the education and welfare of their children
are objects of their Sovereign's paternal solicitude and
attention, and to raise from their offspring a succession
of loyal subjects, brave soldiers, and good Christians.'
Army children were seen as good future
recruits, well-disciplined, familiar with military ways.
School discipline was very strictly enforced. A significant
proportion of each year's recruits were soldiers' sons and
the daughters of soldiers often married a soldier.