§ 34. Mr. N. Macpherson
asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is prepared to re-enlist men who after nearly completing 21 years' service were released to civilian occupations and are now anxious to respond to the call for volunteers; and whether such men are liable to be rejected for reasons other than medical grounds
§ Mr. Bellenger
Under certain conditions, such men may re-enlist. As the details of these conditions are long, I will, with permission, circulate them in the OFFICIAL REPORT.
§ Following are the details:
§ A non-Regular soldier or a Regular who has no Section B Reserve liability and who was released before the announcement of the short service engagement scheme, 26th April, 1946, may re-enlist on a short service engagement, subject to certain age limits, medical fitness, character and the existence of vacancies, provided that he has had at least two years' service with the Colours since 3rd September, 1939. The age limits are, up to 40 for a three or four years' normal short service engagement, up to 50 for a three year short service engagement for extra regimental employment (open to staff sergeants, sergeants and corporals only), and from 50 to 57 for a three year short service engagement with the Polish Resettlement Corps (open to staff sergeants, sergeants and corporals only). A non-Regular soldier or a Regular soldier who has no Section B Reserve liability, and has been released at any time, may re-enlist on a normal Regular Army engagement of five years with the Colours and seven years with the Reserve subject to age, medical fitness, vacancy and character. The upper age limit is 30 years.