Men of the Corps of Military Accountants serving on a 21 years' engagement are granted a pension, on being discharged on reduction, if they have 14 years' total service and 10 years' qualifying service. Those who have less than 14 years' service receive compensa- tion on the same lines as men whose engagement is for seven years or 12 years with the colours.
No man signs on in his original engagement for 21 years. Men sign on for seven years with the colours and five with the Reserve, and I would draw my hon. Friend's attention to the fact that the engagement of every soldier on attestation states that it is subject to his services being required for the full term.