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Friday, 13 November 1936

Senator BROWN (QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice -

1.   Is the physical standard for recruits in the Australian militia as high as that required of British army recruits?

2.   What is the percentage of rejects of the recruits offering for service in the Australian militia?

Senator Sir GEORGEPEARCE.The Minister for Defence has supplied the following particulars: -

1.   In general the physical standard required by the British army is higher. The following table shows the minimum general physical standard required for the Australian militia and the British army: -


The above physical standard applies to recruits in general. Higher standards are required in both instances as the age and height of recruits increases, but in the case of the Britsh army greater physical standards arc required in consequence of these increases.

2.   3.3 per cent, for the year ended the 30th June, 1936.

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