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Wednesday, 3 April 1968

Mr LYNCH - I appreciate the honourable gentleman's interest in this matter. Honourable members can be assured that the Army recognises its continuing responsibility to train locally enlisted Pacific islanders to officer status. The trend is towards recruiting an increasing number of soldiers of high education. Emphasis is also given to recruiting soldiers of high officer potential and also to the recruitment of apprentices. As to the specific question asked by the honourable gentleman, I can assure him that at this time some six locally enlisted Pacific islanders have attained officer rank and an additional five are currently in training at the Officer Cadet School at Portsea.

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