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Friday, 10 December 1965

Mr Daly (GRAYNDLER, NEW SOUTH WALES) y asked the Minister for Labour and National Service, upon notice -

1.   What was the date of commencement of conscription for national service?

2.   Since that date how many persons have been (a) conscripted, (b) accepted and (c) rejected for military service?

3.   Since that date, how many persons volunteered and were (a) accepted and (b) rejected for service?

Mr McMahon (LOWE, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Labour and National Service) - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows - 1 and 2. The first registration of men for national service took place in the fortnight ended 8th February 1965. The first ballot to determine those who should be further considered for call-up took place on 10th March 1965 when 21,777 young men were balloted in. A total of 10,835 men were examined and interviewed with a view to inclusion in Army intakes in June and September 1965; of that number 4,297 were called up for Army service and 4,421 were rejected as they did not meet the standards required by the Army.

3.   At 30th September 1965, a total of 657 men had volunteered. Of this total 187 were accepted, 197 were not accepted, 148 withdrew their applications and the remainder were still being processed.

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