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Wednesday, 12 October 1983
Page: 1693

Question No. 457


Mr Sinclair asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 6 September 1983:

(1) How many recruits in the (a) Navy, (b) Army and (c) Air Force identified separately by sex and whether reserves or regular permanent servicemen or servicewomen were serving on 1 July 1983.

(2) How many new recruits were listed in each of the services in each of the last 5 years and in what category.

(3) Of those recruited in the last 12 months how many enlisted for (a) 3 years, (b) 6 years and (c) another term of engagement.

(4) What were the numbers of personnel recruited in each year during the existence of the 2 year service scheme.

(5) How many of those referred to in part (4) were (a) conscripts and (b) volunteers.

(6) How many servicemen in each of the 3 services served in Vietnam each year from 1964 to 1972.

(7) How many of those referred to in part (6) were national servicemen and how many of them were volunteers.

(8) How many in each category referred to in part (7) were (a) wounded and (b) killed.

(9) What are the terms of service of women in the Women's Royal Australian Army Corps including (a) length of recruitment and (b) entitlement of maternity leave .

(10) What obligatory retirement ages apply to men and women in the 3 services at each rank.

(11) What minimal service is necessary for qualification for Defence Force Retirement and Death Benefits-DFRDB-for both sexes in each of the 3 services.

(12) Are there any restrictions on persons seeking lump sum payment of DFRDB entitlements.


Mr Scholes —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)-

Reserve

force

(with

Permanent training

force obligations)

(a) Navy-

Male officers 2,121 398 Male other ranks 12,848 802 Female officers 110 4 Female other ranks 937 Nil (b) Army*-

Male officers 4,215 3,386 Male other ranks 25,822 24,366 Female officers 320 327 Female other ranks 1,547 5,046 (c) Air Force*-

Male officers 3,396 273 Male other ranks 16,633 905 Female officers 191 N/ A Female other ranks 1,285 N/A

* Army Reserve Forces figures include 1,511 non-effectives.

* Separate figures by sex for Air Force Reserve Force are not available. Female numbers are included in the male figures.

(2)-

Air

Navy Army Force

1982-83

Males-

Male General Enlistments 491 2,775 717 Officers-Direct Entry 23 52 29 Officers-Undergraduate Entry 5 2 5 Officer Cadets-

College/Academy 104 137 59 Other Officer Trainees - 81 152 Apprentices 132 298 278 Navy Junior Recruits 321 - - Reserves on Full-time Duty-

Officers 16 11 1 Other Ranks 2 88 6

Total Males 1,094 3,364 1,247

Females-

Officers-Direct Entry 7 22 42 Other Ranks 84,253 102 Cadets 10 25 12 Reserves on Full-time Duty-

Officers - 2 1 Other Ranks 1 12 5

Total females 102 314 162

Total Enlistments 1,196 3,678 1,409

1981-82

Males-

Male General Enlistments 1,1432 3,059 1,304 Officers-Direct Entry 28 39 78 Officers-Undergraduate Entry 1 6 24 Officer Cadets-

College/Academy 90 140 46 Other Officer Trainees 11 80 153 Apprentices 175 305 276 Navy Junior Recruits 340 - - Reserves on Full-time Duty-

Officers 19 8 6 Other Ranks 5 12 4

Total Males 1,812 3,649 1,891

Females-

Officers-Direct Entry 11 19 27 Other Ranks 249 338 400 Cadets 21 14 11 Reserves on Full-time Duty

Officers 5 2 13 Other Ranks 11 13 9

Total Females 297 386 460

Total Enlistments 2,109 4,035 2,351

1980-81

Males-

Male General Enlistments 1,234 3,602 1,428 Officers-Direct Entry 24 39 80 Officers-Undergraduate Entry 5 8 19 Officer Cadets

College/Academy 80 140 41 Other Officer Trainees 41 87 137 Apprentices 218 268 234 Navy Junior Recruits 240 - - Reserves on Full-time Duty

Officers 6 7 11 Other Ranks 1 11 1

Total Males 1,849 4,162 1,951

Females-

Officers-Direct Entry 18 29 46 Other Ranks 202 385 200 Cadets 19 21 11 Reserves on Full-time Duty

Officers 1 - 4 Other Ranks 5 2 1

Total Females 245 437 262

Total Enlistments 2,094 4,599 2,213

1979-80

Males-

Male General Enlistments 1,082 3,312 1,359 Officers-Direct Entry 38 62 74 Officers-Undergraduate Entry 2 - 10 Officer Cadets

College/Academy 96 138 31 Other Officer Trainees 62 94 114 Apprentices 211 273 221 Navy Junior Recruits 240 - - Reserves on Full-time Duty

Officers 12 6 3 Other Ranks 1 - 1

Total Males 1,744 3,885 1,813

Females-

Officers-Direct Entry 9 21 36 Other Ranks 202 372 418 Cadets - - - Reserves on Full-time Duty

Officers 2 1 13 Other Ranks 7 - 27

Total Females 220 394 494

Total Enlistments 1,964 4,279 2,307

1978-79

Males-

Male General Enlistments 956 2,998 1,311 Officers-Direct Entry 24 36 50 Officers-Undergraduate Entry 5 - 9 Officer Cadets

College/Academy 107 135 36 Other Officer Trainees 50 84 113 Apprentices 212 254 216 Navy Junior Recruits 390 - - Reserves on Full-time Duty

Officers 9 2 2 Other Ranks 1 - -

Total Males 1,754 3,509 1,737

Females-

Officers-Direct Entry 10 18 37 Other Ranks 268 277 367 Cadets - - - Reserves on Full-time Duty

Officers - 5 8 Other Ranks - - -

Total Females 278 300 412

Total Enlistments 2,032 3,809 2,149

(3) Of those recruited between 1 July 1982 and 30 June 1983 engagement periods were:

Air

Navy Army Force

(a) 3 year engagement 5 1,971 Nil (b) 6 year engagement 493 1,172 819 (c) Other terms 698 535 590

(4)-

Recruitment

National

Service

two year All other

scheme recruitment

1965-66-

Navy Nil 2,548 Army 8,736 3,092 Air Force Nil 2,026 1966-67-

Navy Nil 2,757 Army 8,622 3,352 Air Force Nil 2,148 1967-68-

Navy Nil 2,431 Army 8,533 4,523 Air Force Nil 1,789 1968-69-

Navy Nil 2,503 Army 8,628 4,293 Air Force Nil 2,313 1969-70-

Navy Nil 2,618 Army 8,575 3,819 Air Force Nil 2,037 1970-71-

Navy Nil 2,711 Army 8,240 3,780 Air Force Nil 1,330 1971-72-

Navy Nil 2,620 Army 8,278 4,469 Air Force Nil 1,751 1972-73-

Navy Nil 2,647 Army 4,151 5,005 Air Force Nil 1,630

(5) Of the 63,763 personnel recruited for the National Service 2 year Scheme between 1965 and 1973, information is unavailable on how many were volunteers or how many were conscripted.

All personnel recruited by the Australian Defence Force through other than the National Service Scheme between 1965 and 1973 were classified as volunteers.

(6)-

Air

Navy Army Force

1964 0 n.a. 44 1965 0 n.a. 155 1966 0 n.a. 252 1967 754 n.a. 703 1968 1,175 n.a. 748 1969 1,140 n.a. 723 1970 1,135 n.a. 649 1971 724 n.a. 388 1972 1 n. a. 1

Total 4,929 41,144 3,663

Individual year figures for Army are not readily available. Figures are approximate and include members of the Defence Force on tour duty, on attachment and visiting Vietnam.

(7)-

Air

Navy Army Force

National Servicemen Nil 15,381 Nil Other Service Personnel 4,929 25,763 3,663

Personnel did not normally volunteer for duty in Vietnam. Personnel were posted in in the normal course of military duty to units which were then scheduled for a term of duty in Vietnam.

(8)-

Air

Navy Army Force

National Servicemen-

Wounded . . 1,030 . . Killed . . 187 . .

Navy and Air Force did not have any National servicemen.

Other Permanent Service Personnel-

Wounded 48 1,596 49 Killed 8 277 13

The above figures are total casualties (battle and non-battle) incurred in Vietnam.

(9) (a) Conditions of entlistment for females in the Army are the same as for males. They may be enlisted for a period of 3 or 6 years providing that they meet the age, medical, psychological and educational requirements.

In accordance with Government policy females may serve on active service but they may not be employed in combat or combat related units.

(b) To qualify for the full 12 weeks grant of maternity leave, a member must have served continuously for at least 12 months by the day on which the leave commences. Previous service, either in another service or Government authority, will count towards the eligibility period.

(10) There is no distinction between males and females regarding obligatory retiring ages.

Obligatory retiring ages for personnel by rank and category for each of the three Services are as follows:

Navy

Sailors-55 years

WRANS-55 years

Naval Police-55 years

Officers-

Rank

CMORE List

VADM RADM CAPT CMDR LCDR LEUT SBLT

General 60 57 55 50 45 45 45 Medical/Dental . . 60 57 55 48 45 45 Ordnance Inspection . . . . 57 55 52 52 . . Supplementary . . . . 55 50 45 45 45 Special Duties . . . . . . 55 55 55 55

Army

Other Ranks: All 55 years

Officers

Lieutenant-47 years

Captain-47 years

Major-47 years

Lieutenant Colonel-55 years

Colonel-55 years

Brigadier-55 years

Major General-57 years

Lieutenant General-60 years

General-63 years

Air Force

Other Ranks-All 55 years

Officers

Rank

AIR CDR Branch

ACM AM AVM GPCPT WGCDR SQLdr FLTLT FLGOF

General duties 63 60 57 55 50 47 45 45 All others . . . . 57 55 55 55 55 55

(11) A member is covered for death and invalidity benefits from the date of enlistment in the Defence Force.

Where retirement occurs at the member's prescribed retiring age for rank, a minimum period of 15 years contributory service is required to qualify for benefits. In all other cases a minimum of 20 years service is required to qualify for retirement age.

Male and female members of each of the three services are treated equally under the provisions of the DFRDB scheme.

(12) Yes. An invalidity retiree cannot commute unless initial invalidity classification is less than 30 per cent-Class C-and he has 20 or more years contributory service. A member who qualifies for retirement pay cannot commute more than four times his initial annual pension entitlement. An election to commute must be received within twelve months of retirement.