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Thursday, 5 December 1974
Page: 4678

Recruiting results in 1974 have been generally satisfactory, although there were some shortfalls in particular categories. The Government decided to increase the strength of the Regular Army by 1,300 to 3 1,500 during 1974-75. The financial and other conditions of service of members of the Defence Forces have been progressively improved during the year to ensure that service men and women enjoy similar benefits to those in the community. This review has resulted in salary increases for officers and other ranks, increases in some allowances, an up-dating of Service pensions and extension of re-settlement and repatriation benefits.

Committee of Inquiry into the CMF

For the first time in its history, a thorough independent review of the CMF has been initiated by the Government. This review, under Dr T. B. Millar, was completed at the end of March 1974 and tabled in the House on 4 April 1974. The Government will implement the broad recommendations made by the committee of inquiry.

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