Hi everyone

I'm seeking a little guidance on how the granting of PCs and MSCs worked, in practical terms.

Permanent Commission

I have two men who sat for the PC exam on 5-6 Nov 1935, and the Times of 21 Feb 1936 announced that one had been granted a Permanent Commission with a specialisation in armament and the other a Permanent Commission without specialisation.

However, whilst the armament specialisation officer, Fg Off Graeme Eaton MacDonald (32159) attended a Specialist Armament Course at AAS, Eastchurch, between 6 Jul 1936 and 2 Jul 1937, it appears he was not physically granted his PC as a Flight Lieutenant until 2 Jul 1937, i.e. the day he graduated the course (see: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...4439/page/6020).

My non-specialisation officer, Fg Off Gordon John Grindell (32226), sat for the same PC exam, but after the announcement in the Times attended a flying instructor's course at CFS between April and July 1936 and was posted to 9 FTS as a flying instructor in Jul 1936. He was promoted to Flight Lieutenant on 2 Apr 1937 (see: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...4380/page/1751) and was not granted a PC as Flight Lieutenant until 2 Sep 1938 (see: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...4551/page/5834).

Medium Service Commission

I also have an officer, Fg Off Edward Philip Patrick Gibbs (32225), whose MSC was announced in the Times of 22 Feb 1936 but then attended the same flying instructor's course at CFS with Grindell (above) and was also posted with him to 9 FTS as a flying instructor. He was promoted to Flight Lieutenant on 2 Apr 1937 (see: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...4390/page/2557), but was then transferred to the Class A RAFO on 2 Mar 1938 (see: https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...4490/page/1512).

MacDonald was granted a SSC on 11 Mar 1932, and Grindell and Gibbs were in the same SSC intake on 2 Sep 1932.

The granting of both Grindell's PC and Gibbs' MSC are also mentioned in 41 Squadron's ORB in March 1936, but Grindell's PC does not appear to have become reality for another 2 & 1/2 years and Gibbs' MSC doesn't seem to have come through at all. Why...? I guess there's some logic to MacDonald's being granted after his armament course, but why announce something in February 1936 that is not granted for another 17 months?

Can anyone enlighten me as to how PCs (as opposed to those granted on graduation from RAF College) and MSCs worked in practical terms, please?

Thanks
Steve