HC Deb 16 April 1946 vol 421 cc414-5W
96. Mr. Yates

asked the Secretary of State for War the conditions under which demobilised personnel are permitted to re-enlist; and why such persons cannot be re-engaged so that the rank previously held can be retained.

Mr. Lawson:

Men who have been released may re-enlist on a Regular engagement for five years with the Colours and seven years with the Reserve provided they are under 30 years of age and of appropriate medical category. Men re-enlisting on Regular engagements within a year of release will be re-granted their substantive or war substantive ranks. The general conditions are given in the pamphlet entitled "Why drop out" of which I am sending my hon. Friend a copy. I would also refer my hon. Friend to the statement on short term engagements made by my right hon. Friend the Prime Minister yesterday.