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School Leavers (Recruitment)

Volume 640: debated on Wednesday 17 May 1961

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asked the Civil Lord of the Admiralty whether he will expand the intake of recruits straight from school in order to take advantage of the increased number of school leavers.

The bulk of the recruits already enter the Royal Navy straight from school. Juniors (U), all of whom come straight from school, are recruited between the ages of 15 and 16¼ Juniors (O), some of whom come straight from school, between 16¼ and 17½. We aim in particular to accept an additional 500 Juniors (U) this year which will raise the entry to 2,600.

Does my hon. Friend agree that this indicates an encouraging future for naval recruiting? Does he agree also that any increase in recruiting into the Services at the moment is to be welcomed?

Yes. It is extremely encouraging, particularly in regard to juniors, who turn out to be first-rate boys and of great value to the Navy during their service.