Something that slightly puzzles. I can understand someone using Captain RN as a title off into retirement. Significant job, real career progression etc, takes decades to get there.
Captain Army I understand less. It seems to me, and of course this could just be because I’m very blinkered here, that it’s something rather reserved for members of the landed gentry. No, not aristocracy. Capt Chumleyumly, Master of Hounds, sounds about right. But it does seem, in my limited experience, to be only those in that sort of position who keep using the rank.
So, why is this?
Stay in long enough and you’ll be a Major. So, Captain means you left early, or when you wanted to, or something. Or of course that you got fired but that’s difficult. Even today it tends to be not getting promoted which is the signal, not actual firing.
The only thing I can really think of is that as a non-graduate it takes 5 years to get to Capt. Thus retiring as a Capt. shows that you did at least 5 years, not some very short term commission (which, umm, do the three year ones even exist any more?). So, a little more than just Sandhurst and skiing with the Blues and Royals for 2.5 years.
Is that it? Military peeps around here? Or is there something else I’m missing? For as far as I can see it really does seem to be a particular section of sciety which does use Army Captain as a title off into decades of retirement. Why do they?