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Tuesday, 18 April 1961

Mr Daly y asked the Minister for the Army, upon notice -

How many changes of policy on Army administration have been made since 1949?

Mr Cramer (BENNELONG, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for the Army) - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows: -

During the period in question the following major changes affecting the organizational structure of the Army have occurred: -

1.   The introduction of national service train ing in 1951.

2.   As announced in April, 1957 -

(a)   the planning and preparations for a regular mobile brigade group of over 4,000 as a well equipped and readily available battle formation;

(b)   the reduction in size of the national service intake.

3.   As announced in November, 1959 -

(a)   the suspension of national service training, and the raising of a volunteer Citizen Military Force with improved availability and operational effectiveness;

(b)   the reorganization of the opera tional components of the Regular Army and Citizen Military Forces on the new pentropic basis with special emphasis on building up the Field Force.

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