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Primary Training

Volume 437: debated on Tuesday 6 May 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for War the period of normal training for each of the main arms of the Service at corps training units in 1943, and at the present time.

As I explained in reply to a Question by the hon. Member for Dumfries (Mr. N. Macpherson) on 3rd April, the time spent on corps training varies greatly not only by arms but also by trades. In a short statement, therefore, it is possible only to give minimum and maximum periods for each arm The figures are as follow:

1943Present Time.
Royal Armoured Corps.26 weeks (excluding 4 weeks tactical training).9–15 weeks
Royal Artillery8–33 weeks8–19 weeks.
Royal Engineers12 weeks followed by 4 weeks in a Reserve Division.8–12 weeks.
Royal Signals8–29 weeks approximately.6–29 weeks.
Infantry10 weeks.10 weeks