BRITISH ARMY MEDICAL CATEGORIES 1914


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Medical exam c.1914
Medical exam c.1914
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Assessments were made by medical officers as to the suitability of men to perform military duties. A system of lettering and numbering was devised to enable a mans abilities to be quickly noted. The following is a list of categories used by the British Army in 1914
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   A   
Able to march, see to shoot, hear well and stand active service conditions.
Subcategories:
Al
Fit for dispatching overseas, as regards physical and mental health, and training
A2
As Al, except for training
A3
Returned Expeditionary Force men, ready except for physical condition
A4
Men under 19 who would be Al or A2 when aged 19
B
Free from serious organic diseases, able to stand service on lines of communication in France, or in garrisons in the tropics.
Subcategories:
Bl
Able to march 5 miles, see to shoot with glasses, and hear well
B2
Able to walk 5 miles, see and hear sufficiently for ordinary purposes
B3
Only suitable for sedentary work
C
Free from serious organic diseases, able to stand service in garrisons at home.
Subcategories:
Cl
Able to march 5 miles, see to shoot with glasses, and hear well
C2
Able to walk 5 miles, see and hear sufficiently for ordinary purposes
C3
Only suitable for sedentary work
D
Unfit but could be fit within 6 months.
Subcategories:
Dl
Regular RA,RE, infantry in Command Depots
D2
Regular RA,RE, infantry in Regimental Depots
D3
Men in any depot or unit awaiting treatment