You will get a fellow who will behave in a way which might be considered contempt to his superior officer. That does not say that he would not be the finest soldier in the unit: who would obey every order and do everything he is told. He may have an understandable contempt for a man who happens to be his superior officer. The whole trouble there is that he does not intend to behave with contempt but his superior officer thinks it. Who is his superior officer ? His corporal. His corporal, who may not like him, is his superior officer under this section. I guarantee that if this section becomes law as it is there will be no charge so prevalent in the Army as that of behaving with contempt towards his superior officer. Every corporal who does not like a soldier will have him up for it.
Every sergeant who does not like a corporal will have him up for it. This is not a question of going before a court martial and proving it. It is a matter of bringing the soldier into the company orderly room and fining him 5/- or 10/- or imposing seven days confined to barracks, without giving him the option of going to his commanding officer. Supposing a soldier behaves, as his company commander thinks, with contempt towards him, that officer is judge, jury and witness. He is the authorised officer to deal with it. That is your trouble.