Buying a Commission in the Military

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This article answers the question of who was able to purchase a commission from the British military in 1640 and go to University to learn to read, write and fluently speak Latin.

fn 3 pay was very low so not the motivation to become an officer fn10 & 11 commissions were sold from one officer to another. The practice of purchasing commission began in the 13C peaked in 17/18c and ended in 19c

William the Conqueror began the medieval system where landowners were required to supply the king the service of knights 40 days of the year.p. 48

shares in these companies were determined by the capital investment of its members and were tradable. . 49

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