Joining the Hussars
In February 1885, after military training at Sandhurst, Douglas Haig joined the 7th (Queen's Own) Hussars.
This was an élite part of the army, offering the best future prospects. It also suited his background and his enthusiasm for horses, but was largely divorced from the technological advances of the day.
Haig's duties with the Hussars took him to India for long periods between 1887 and 1895.