Cadet Force.

Oral Answers to Questions — British Army. – in the House of Commons on 9th June 1942.

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Photo of Sir Edward Keeling Sir Edward Keeling , Twickenham

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that the Cadet Force has to pay more for rations in camp and for travelling to and from camp than the Air Training Corps; that Cadet officers, unlike Air Training Corps officers, draw no pay or allowances in camp; and that Air Training Corps officers appointed before 31st March last are, unlike Cadet officers, exempt from conscription; and whether he proposes to arrange equality of treatment for the Cadet Force in these respects?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

In future, Army cadets will be charged the same for rations as the Air Training Corps. The cost of travelling to and from camp for both the Army Cadet Force and the Air Training Corps is refunded. The training arrangements of the Air Training Corps and of the Army Cadet Force are not entirely comparable. The grant of exemption from service under the National Service Acts to holders of a King's Commission in the Air Training Corps was discontinued on 31st March last. No King's Commissions were granted in the Army Cadet Force before that date.

Photo of Sir Edward Keeling Sir Edward Keeling , Twickenham

asked the Secretary of State for War whether he is aware that, despite his assurance that the terms given to the Cadet Force are not less favourable than those given to the Air Training Corps, the capitation grant of the Air Training Corps is much larger than that of the Cadet Force, and Air Training Corps officers draw a uniform allowance of £20 while Cadet Force officers merely receive a battle-dress; and whether he will endeavour to get these inequalities rectified?

Photo of Sir James Grigg Sir James Grigg , Cardiff East

The grants are based on the expenses which have in each case to be met. A considerable proportion of the capitation grant of the Air Training Corps is spent on accommodation services, which the Army Cadet Force largely gets free at Territorial Army and Home Guard premises. The Army Cadet Force officer receives no uniform allowance, since his uniform, unlike that of the Air Training Corps officer, is issued to him free.