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British Army (Overseas Service)

Volume 390: debated on Wednesday 2 June 1943

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asked the Secretary of State for War whether it can now be regarded that the normal term of service abroad, including the various campaigning and fighting, is approximately 10 years, with one or two short breaks of a few months at home in between?

In war-time there is no normal term of service abroad. Arrangements are, however, being made to bring home all British Army personnel who have served overseas for six years or more. Shipping is a limiting factor but progress has nevertheless been made. In calculating the total continuous service abroad periods of service or leave spent at home during this time are ignored if they do not exceed six months in all.