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Wednesday, 28 October 1964


Senator LAUGHT (South Australia) . - 1 invite the Minister's attention to Division 698 - Australian Military Forces - and refer to the proposed appropriation of £2,800,000 for pay and allowances in the nature of pay for Citizen Military Forces and cadets. 1 notice that the C.M.F. and cadets are grouped. I propose to direct the Committee's attention to cadets. Can the Minister explain how much of the £2,800,000 will be devoted to pay and allowances for cadets? Are cadets paid? Are officers and non-commissioned officers associated with cadet corps paid? Do cadets come only from schools or colleges or do they come from other sources? What is the general approach of schools and colleges to the cadet corps? Is a degree of enthusiasm shown to the cadet corps by the headmasters and those connected with schools? If recruitment for the Army and the C.M.F. is to be fully effective it is important that great impetus and encouragement be given to cadet training.

T should like to have the Minister's opinion on whether cadet training is successful. If it is not entirely successful, has he any suggestions on how it can be made more successful? Generally, I should like some indication from the Minister that this important aspect of military training at the cadet stage is being followed up closely by the Department of Army.







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