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Army Certificate of Education

In 1846 the Corps of Army Schoolmasters was established to provide literacy and numeracy education.In 1857 three Army certificates of education were introduced. To pass the lowest, the Third Class, a soldier had to be able to read aloud, take a short passage of dictation and do simple arithmetic. By the end of the 19th century all soldiers had to attend army school.

A Third Class certificate was needed to get promotion to Corporal and the First Class for promotion to Warrant Officer.

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