§ 5. Mr. C. Hughes
asked the Secretary of State for War the length of training which National Service men are now required to undergo before they are sent overseas on active service.
§ Mr. John Hare
Both National Service and Regular soldiers must complete at least ten weeks training and have been in the Army for a minimum of twelve weeks. Front-line units also undergo additional training on arrival in certain theatres.
§ Mr. Hughes
Is it not the case that many of these young men of 18 are sent overseas to theatres of armed conflict after as little as six weeks' training? Does not the right hon. Gentleman agree that that is far too short a time and is causing widespread concern amongst many people, especially the parents of these young men?