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Thursday, 22 October 1964


Senator PALTRIDGE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - 1 can now give the Committee more details than I was able to give to Senator Cormack. The Regular Army Supplement is the new title to be given to the existing Regular Army Special Reserve, and is one of the four forces of the permanent military forces, lt comprises the following: (1) The RASR (A), which consists of officers and soldiers who, because of age or medical classification, are ineligible for service in the Australian Regular Army. The medical classification is class 2. (2) The RASR (B), which consists of officers appointed and soldiers enlisted for special tasks, the duration of which is not known, namely, doctors and technical officers. The medical classification is class 2. (3) The RASR (O), which consists of other ranks enlisting for three years only. Age and medical fitness requirements are the same as for the Australian Regular Army, that is, medical classification class 1 and a maximum age for enlistment of 43 years. This part makes provision for those who do not wish lo sign for a six years? engagement in the Australian Regular Army.







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