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Thursday, 22 May 1980
Page: 3214

Mr Neil asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 18 March 1980:

(   1 ) What is the cost of service in the Army Reserve for (a) 26 days, (b) 36 days and (c) SO days per annum for (i) a private soldier, (ti) each rank of non-commissioned officer and (iti) each rank of officer at rank up to and including colonel.

(2)   What is the average cost of 1 man serving in the Army Reserve for 1 year under the present arrangements.

(3)   In each case referred to in part ( I ), what proportion of cost is devoted to (a) salary and payments in the nature of salary, (b) ration, uniforms, medical and similar costs, (c) personal equipment, (d) maintenance of major capital equipment, and (e) other matters.

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

(1)   The assessed cost of service in the Army Reserve for each member holding the ranks private to colonel inclusive for 26 days, 36 days and SO days per annum including support cost of $422, $584 and $8 1 1 respectively, is as follows:


(2)   The average cost of one man serving in the Army Reserve for one year under the present arrangements is $ 1 ,600.

(3)   (a) The assessed costs attributable to salary and payment in the nature of salary are as follows:


(b)   The following ration, uniform and medical and similar costs are based on an all rank average and on attendance of 36 days. The assessed costs shown for 26 days and SO days have been projected from the 36 day costs:


(c)   Information relating to personal equipment is not readily available in the form sought but is included in (b) above.

(d)   Information relating to maintenance of major capital equipment is not available in the form sought. The following indicate costs for replacement equipment and stores other than that included in (b).


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