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Wednesday, 30 August 1972
Page: 985

Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for the Army, upon notice:

(1)   How many persons made application to join the Australian Regular Army in 1971-72.

(2)   What (a) number and (b) percentage of applicants was not accepted in that year.

(3)   What (a) number and (b) percentage of applicants was rejected in that year in each of the categories of reasons for rejection for which his Department has records. (Hansard, 19th August 1970, page 214 and 25th August 1971, page 739.)

Mr Katter - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Total applications: 1971-72, 17,523.

(2)   and (3)-

Note (1) The above figures are for special and general enlistments only, including females but excluding Pacific Islanders.

Note (2) These are mainly applications withdrawn or not proceeded with, and include some where the applicant was unsuitable for specific employment sought, outside age limits, etc.

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