Officers and Other Ranks

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Demobilisation – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 12th October 1944.

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Photo of Mr Ernest Bevin Mr Ernest Bevin , Wandsworth Central 12:00 am, 12th October 1944

The Government's plan for release from the Armed Forces as set out in the White Paper an the Re-allocation of Man-power, does not apply to officers holding permanent regular commissions on the active list of their Service or to ratings and other ranks whose regular engagements have not expired. Ratings and other ranks whose regular engagements have expired will be eligible for release under the plan in accordance with their age and length of war service. In the case of a naval rating, the term "regular engagement" in this connection applies also to the active service portion of a special service engagement; in the case of a soldier, it means his period of service with the Colours, and in the case of an airman, the regular portion of his engagement.