The considerations governing the selection of airmen for duty overseas are, on the one hand, the rank, trade and particular experience required in the overseas establishment and, on the other, the need to maintain the efficiency of units at home. In view of the large number of postings, it is in general necessary to leave the selection to the discretion of Commanding Officers. If, however, an airman feels that on compassionate grounds he should not proceed overseas, he can submit an application to this effect to his commanding officer.
Irrespective of the question of compassionate grounds, is it not a fact that there is a large number of untrained men who have only had three months in the Air Force, while there are similar men who have been detained in the country and have been in the Air Force for 12 months?
The efficiency of a unit and the functions that it has to perform play an important part in the consideration of who shall go abroad. Thus all men, even of the same rank or the same experience, cannot be given equal treatment as regards fulfilling our overseas requirements for skilled men which are urgent.