HC Deb 02 February 1954 vol 523 c19W
55. Mr. Oliver

asked the Parliamentary Secretary to the Ministry of Defence the nature of the inducement offered to youths called up for National Service to serve for a longer period than that required by the provisions of the National Service Acts.

Mr. Birch

Men joining the Forces on Regular engagements enjoy a number of advantages over National Service men, including higher rates of pay from the outset instead of after 18 months, and more generous leave scales. Generally speaking, their prospects of advancement are better and, provided they have the necessary qualifications, they are more likely to secure entry in the branch or trade of their choice. These advantages are normally brought to the notice of men called up for National Service.