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Wednesday, 7 November 1973
Page: 1633


Senator Withers asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(   1 ) What was the strength of the Australian Regular Army at 1 September 1973.

(2)   What were the proportions of officers and other ranks of the total Army strengths.


Senator Bishop - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1)   As at 1 September1973 the strength of the Australian Regular Army was31 , 279.

(2)   The proportions of Army officers and other ranks of the total Army strength at 1 September 1973 were 16.1 per cent and 83.9 per cent respectively.

(i)   CMF personnel on full rime duty have been included.

(ii)   PIR and National Servicemen have been excluded.

(iii)   Cadets have been included with officers ( 1.5 per cent of total Army strength).







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