Where did the term draft come from?

#1
As an old & bold ex matelot I never ever questioned any of my drafts (though I may have stuck in a few preference draft forms)
Now what I do not understand (and theresfeck all on titnternet) is why are members of the RN drafted and members of lesser forces drafted?
Where did the term originate?
 
#2
It's derived from "Draught", Slim, which itself has its roots in the Middle English "draht" and further back in a Germanic word "dragan" meaning to pull or draw.

It was first noticeable in the Gazette in 1703:

"Orders for making a considerable draught out of our garrison, in order to some expedition".

The idea is one of identifying someone in a large pool of people and then "pulling" or "drawing" him out of that pool in the direction you want him/her to go, so "drafting" him/her.
 
#5
Quote Soleil


The idea is one of identifying someone in a large pool of people and then "pulling" or "drawing" him out of that pool in the direction you want him/her to go, so "drafting" him/her. .... Slim drafted to Tain range :frustrated:
 
#6
Quote Soleil


The idea is one of identifying someone in a large pool of people and then "pulling" or "drawing" him out of that pool in the direction you want him/her to go, so "drafting" him/her. .... Slim drafted to Tain range :frustrated:
Not my choice as I informed the officer in charge at Tain.
We only have volunteers here was his reply, send me back to Lossie was my retort.
Lying bstard managed to get away about a year later by volunteering for a front line draft to 800:headbang:
Great decision
 
#8
WO's in the mob have "appointers" as well, jolly jack (and jenny) has a blind drafting officer (sorry, branch manager today) and a dartboard :)
 
#12
Did you cross someones palm with silver:lol:
I had a deal with the SA(V) who dished up the rum...who was also a mess mate

we also had chefs in the mess so our nine o'clockers were a feast to behold....we had visitors from as far as the stokers mess.
 
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