§ 38 and 39. Lieut.-Colonel Corbett
asked the Secretary of State for War (1) how many men have joined the Army on short-term engagements during each month since the announcement on 15th April, 1946;
(2) how many men have joined the Army on Regular engagements during each month since the publication of Cmd. No. 6715.
§ Lieut.-Colonel Corbett
Does the right hon. Gentleman consider that the opportunity to enlist on short term engagements has had an adverse effect on recruiting into the Regular Army?
§ Mr. Bellenger
I think I would like to give more consideration to that question, because I do not think it arises out of this Question, which asks for statistics.
§ Following is the answer:23
|REGULAR ARMY RECRUITING—OTHER RANKS ONLY 1946.|
|Jan.||Feb.||Mar.||Apr.||May.||June.||July.||Aug.||Sept.||Oct.||Nov.||Dec.||Total Jan.-Dec. 1946|
|(A) NORMAL REGULAR ENGAGEMENTS.|
|(i) Civilians (men and boys) with no previous service||—||—||—||1453||1245||1402||1480||1554||1797||2083||2205||2610|
|(ii) Soldiers already released re-enlisted for a normal Regular engagement||—||—||—||16||42||66||130||202||284||329||230||18l|
|(iv) Non-Regular serving soldiers converted to a normal Regular engagement||115||133||149||136||148||137||211||194||225||379||190||231||2248|
|Total normal Regulars||992||1385||1800||1609||1435||1605||1821||1950||2306||2791||2025||3022||23337|
|(B) SHORT SERVICE (3 or 4 years)|
|(i) Soldiers already Released/Discharged||—||—||—||—||471||693||471||598||630||1342||1371||1255||6835|
|(ii) Soldiers already serving converted||—||—||—||—||26||107||110,||120||216||465||652||396||2098|
|Total short service Regulars||—||—||—||—||497||800||587||713||855||1807||2025||1051||8933|
|* Separate figures under (A) (i) and (ii) not available for January, February and March, 1946.|