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Concession telegrams for Vietnam

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FOR PRESS 1 NO. 361+6


Statement by the Minister for the Army, Dr. the Hon. A.J. Forbes

A two-way telegram service between servicemen ·

in Vietnam and their families in Australia will commence

from August 1. .

Announcing this today, the Minister for the A rmy,

Dr. A.J. Forbes, said this arrangement had been made with the

Post-Master General's Department. _

The telegrams would be based on the use of code

phrases, which were used during World War II to troops over«t ·

seas, and would cost three shillings for a telegram not ;

exceeding twelve words made up of the address, three coded

phrases and signature. ■

The telegrams could be sent to servicemen from any^

post office in Australia and delivery to the serviceman’s '

unit would be made through the Army Postal Service in Vietnam.

The service had been introduced to allow the

serviceman and his family to meet personal or minor domestic

problems which could arise during his service overseas. :

; It does not replace the normal service arrangements

for the .knndlirig of compassionate situations which could .

centimie to be available to the serviceman and his family.

This included compassionate leave to Australia for

any serviceman whose presence is required in the event of

serious illness or death in his family. 1

(Lists A, B, C:)

Further information:

CANBERRA: Major Barrie Gillman (61-221 2) (QBN1 046)


30 July, 1965