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Thursday, 31 May 1973
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Dr Forbes asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

By what criteria was the target of 31,000 Army volunteers by June 1973, mentioned In his press statement of 20 March 1973 selected.


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

The target strength of 31,000 was based on the advice of the Secretary, Department of Defence, the Chairman Chiefs of Staff Committee and the Chiefs of Staff of the three Services who recommended, in December 1972, interim manning and organisation arrangements for the Australian Army pending the outcome of a study, for the first time, of the future size and shape of the Australian Regular Army.

Strengths and Recruitment Rates of the Services (Question No. 420)


Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(1)   What was the numerical strength of each of the three branches of the Armed Forces including the Citizens' Military Forces, on 2 December 1972.

(2)   What are the equivalent numbers now.

(3)   What is the current rate of recruitment to each of the three branches of the Armed Forces, including the Citizens' Military Forces.


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

(1)   As at the end of November 1972 the strengths of the three branches of the Armed Forces and CMF were:

 

(2)   As at the end of March 1973 these strengths were:

 

(3)   The total number of personnel enlisted in the Services during the three month period December 1972 to February 1973 showed the following percentage variation compared with the same period of the year before:

 







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