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Wednesday, 20 May 1942

Mr FORDE - The policy of the Government is to send well-trained men to these outposts. Sometimes commanding officers have received instructions to transfer whole battalions or brigades regardless of the age of the men comprising them, it being presumed that they have received adequate training. I gave a direction some months ago that, as far as practicable, no young men of eighteen years of age should be sent to forward operational stations, and I shall take steps to ensure that, so far as i3 humanly possible, this direction shall be followed.

Mr BRENNAN - I ask the Minister for the Army 'what steps may be taken by non-commissioned members of the forces to qualify for training in an officers' school ? Is this matter still determined on the "old school tie;' basis?

Mr FORDE - Officers' training schools are conducted in each State; and it is left to the commanding officer of units to recommend what men should be sent to them. Any young man who desires to become an officer may consult his commanding officer on the matter, when his claims for entry into the officers' training school in his area will be considered.

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