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Wednesday, 29 April 1936

Senator Sir GEORGE PEARCE - On the 24th April, Senator Sampson asked the following questions, upon notice: -

1.   What was the strength of the Commonwealth Military Forces (Militia) by arms, on the following dutes, namely: - 30th June, 1932; 30th June, 1933; 30th June, 1934; and 30th June, 1935?

2.   What were the enlistments in those years, and the resignations?

3.   What is the present strength by arms of the Commonwealth Military Forces (Militia) in - (a) Officers, (b) non-commissioned officers, and (c) other ranks?

4.   What is the percentage of strength to establishment?

5.   What is the percentage of efficiency to strength ?

6.   What is the strength, by arms, other than Staff Corps, of the Permanent Military Forces?

7.   How many staff sergeants-major are there in the Australian Instructional Corps?

8.   What is the personnel of the Royal Australian Air Force - (a) Permanent, and (b) Citizen ?

I am now in a position to inform the honorable senator as follows: - 1, 2 and 3 -


The latest available figures (viz., 31st December, 1935) are as follows: -


The strength of the Militia Forces as at the 3lst March, 1936, was 20,764, but details in regard to ranks and arms are not yet available.

4.   Eighty-seven per cent.

5.   Eighty per cent. as at the 30th June, 1935. (Efficiency is determined at the end of each financial year.)

6.   Australian Instructional Corps, 488; Royal Australian Artillery Regiment, 592; Royal Australian Engineers, 151; Australian Survey Corps, 25; Australian Army Service Corps -Supply and Transport 69, Remounts 100; Australian Army Medical Corps, 22; Australian Army Ordnance Corps, 80; Australian Army Veterinary Corps, 5; Provost Staff, 12; total, 1,544.

7.   Four hundred and thirty-eight. 8. (a) Permanent - Officers, 138; air cadets, 62; airmen, 1,086; total, 1,286. (6) Citizen - Officers, 45; airmen, 218; total, 263.

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