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Thursday, 28 May 1942


Mr FORDE (CAPRICORNIA, QUEENSLAND) (Minister for the Army) - by leave. - I said yesterday that any member of the Australian Military Forces who had volunteered for enlistment as an air-crew member in the Royal Australian Air Force, and was awaiting a call-up, would be given permission to transfer, in the order of their enlistment. During the last 24 hours, I have discussed this matter with the Adjutant-General's Office, and am now able to state that the position is as follows: -

Men now in the Army who have previously been accepted by the Royal Australian Air Force as volunteers for aircrews will be released from the Army when called for by the Air Force. Agreement has also been reached between the two services for men in the Army to volunteer for service with the Royal Australian Air Force as air-crew members, but they will remain in the Army until called for by the Air Force. Men already in the Army will not be released for the Air Force ground staff, but new men being called up for the Army will be given an opportunity to volunteer for the Air Force ground staff. Any man in the Army who has been accepted for Royal Australian Air' Force crew personnel will be released from the Army when called for. by the Air Force. The Air Force will inform the Army of the names of the personnel required. Men now in the Australian Military Forces of the rank of lieuten ant and lower - i.e. lieutenants, warrant officers, non-commissioned officers and private soldiers - and not on the Royal Australian Air Force Reserve, may volunteer for air crew, and if accepted will be released when called for by the Air Force. It has been agreed between the two services that men in the Army who have volunteered for Air Force ground staff will not lie allowed to leave the Army. Numbers of men are still being called up ' for military service. These men are brought to General Details Depots. They are then given an opportunity to volunteer for the Royal Australian Air Force. An allotment is made apportioning the men between the Army and the Royal Australian Air Force according to the requirements of both services. This applies only to the ground staff.







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