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Monday, 20 May 1957

Mr Bryant t asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice- -

1.   What percentage of national service trainees has volunteered to continue service in the parttime portion of each arm of the services in each year since the inception of the scheme?

2.   What are the numbers involved in each case?

Sir Philip McBride (WAKEFIELD, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Defence) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

The following table shows -

(a)   the numbers of national service men in each of the services who at December each year were continuing to serve in the Citizen Forces in a voluntary capacity after completion of their statutory training obligation. These numbers are net totals, and exclude discharges subsequent to volunteering, and

(b)   the percentages and numbers in (a) represent the total national service men who have become eligible to continue training in this way as at the date shown since the national service scheme commenced in 1951.


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