§ 104. Commander Noble
asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Admiralty how many men who, since VE-Day, have left the R.N. after 12 years' service or on demobilisation, have applied to return; and what percentage of each of these two categories have accepted.
7,115 men applied at recruiting offices for re-entry on normal and extended Service engagements, between the end of December, I945, when the re-entry scheme was introduced and 23rd November, 1946, of whom 36 per cent. have actually been accepted. Records do not distinguish between men who had completed a normal regular engagement before leaving the Service and those who served on a "Hostilities Only" basis.