§ 3. Colonel Beamish
asked the Secretary of State for War, from the figures so far available, what percentage of officers 397 and other ranks, shown separately, will retire voluntarily as a result of the planned reduction in the size of the Army; and when he expects to be able to announce the final figures.
§ Mr. Soames
About 90 per cent. of the officers and 85 per cent. of the other ranks to be prematurely retired before 31st March, 1959, will be volunteers. The numbers to be retired after that will be decided annually, and until the final batch of applications has been received we shall not know the overall percentage of volunteers.
§ Colonel Beamish
Does my right hon. Friend agree that it is very comforting that it has not so far been necessary compulsorily to retire more than a very small number of officers and other ranks?
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|Enlisting for 6 years or more||Enlisting for less than 6 years||Enlisting for 6 years or more||Enlisting for less than 6 years||Enlisting for 6 years or more*||Enlisting for less than 6 years|
|*Before 1956 men were not normally permitted to enlist for more than three years.|