§ Mr. Strachey
During the period 31st March, 1949, to 31st January, 1950, 2,783 other ranks completed their original period of Colour service and 1,094 extended their service to complete 12 years with the Colours. In the same period 1,335 other ranks completed 12 years' service, and 1,853 re-engaged to complete 22 years' Colour service. I should explain that as a soldier can extend his Colour service or re-engage at varying periods before his service is due to end, I cannot say how many of the 2,783 and 1,335 to whom I have referred actually extended or re-engaged respectively. During the same period 2,254 other ranks were due to finish 21 or 22 years' Colour service.
§ Mr, Strachey
The number of other ranks due to complete regular engagements during the period 1st April, 1950, to 31st March, 1951, is 10,560. This50W figure excludes other ranks serving on short-service engagements.