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Wednesday, 10 September 1958
Page: 1113

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

1.   On what date did the national service training scheme commence?

2.   How many trainees were called up each year and what is the total number trained to date?

3.   How. many officers have been trained since the commencement of the scheme?

4.   How many (a) men and (b) officers are in training at the present time?

5.   What has been (a) the cost of the scheme in each year and (b) the total cost?

6.   What is the estimated cost per trainee?

Sir Philip McBride - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   Tile first Navy and Air Force national service call-ups took place in July, 1951, and the first Army call-up in August, 1951.

2.   The numbers called up in each financial year were -


3.   The national service training scheme provides basic training for those called up and does not provide for training of officers. Men who have completed their national service training are encouraged to join the Citizen Forces, where they may qualify as officers.

4.   The following are the numbers undergoing Army national service training as at 31st July, 1958: -


5.   The cost of the scheme in each year has been -


6.   The estimated average cost of the scheme for each trainee is £631.

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