HC Deb 16 April 1946 vol 421 c414W
95. Major Leģģe-Bourke

asked the Secretary of State for War what instructions regarding enlisted men's choice of regiment are issued to personnel selection officers of the Army: and if he is proposing to revise these instructions with a view to allowing men to serve with units of their choice.

Mr. Lawson:

The powers of personnel selection officers are limited to recommendation. A man's actual posting is done by the War Office and depends on his qualifications and the vacancies in various corps and regiments. The Regular recruit is, wherever possible, allotted to the arm of his choice or if he is allotted to the Infantry he will almost invariably be posted to the regiment of his choice. In posting men called up under the National Service Acts considerable weight is given to any family connections with a particular corps or regiment, and in the case of the Infantry to territorial connections.