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Territorial Army Recruitment

Volume 466: debated on Tuesday 21 June 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for War what action is being taken to encourage troops to join the Territorial Army on demobilisation.

Apart from the general campaign to obtain recruits for the Territorial Army, which, of course, is addressed particularly to soldiers who have been released from the active Army, a special appeal is made in a leaflet enclosed with the final payment to all released personnel asking them to join the Territorial Army and advising them how to do it. In some cases Territorial and Auxiliary Forces Associations make a practice of contacting all men released from their county regiments with a view to persuading them to join the Territorial Army. Details of men likely to be suitable as instructors in the Territorial Army, on release from the active Army, are also sent to appropriate Associations so that the men may be approached on release.

Will the right hon. Gentleman see that greater effort is made at demobilisation centres to bring this matter to the notice of troops more effectively than is done at present merely by the inclusion of a leaflet in the final pay packet?

I shall be very grateful for any helpful suggestion, and certainly I will look into the matter to see if anything further can be done.