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The reasons why soldiers now being discharged from the Expeditionary Force do not obtain a character entry upon their discharge certificates have already been explained in the Press, but a number of complaints regarding the absence of this character entry are still being made. Therefore, it .will help the soldier if it is made clear to the public, especially prospective employers, that the discharge certificates on Forms 20G and 207 are honourable discharges in accordance with King's Regulations, j and that a man who has not been honourably discharged will not be able to produce a certificate with the endorsements : "Is discharged on the termination of his period of engagement," or "Is discharged in consequence of being no longer physically fit for military service." When" a man is* not honourably discharged, one of the following endorsements will appear on his certificate of discharge:—"Having been sentenced to be discharged with ignominy," "Having been convicted by the civil power," "For misconduct" (the most common indication of bad character), " Having been sentenced to penal servitude," or " His services being no longer required." The fact that discharges were originally issued with a character entry has caused the more recently discharged men to make representations on the subject, but character cannot be well .assessed for entry on the discharge certificate under present conditions, though the possesfiion of a discharge with the endorsements indicated in the first paragraph is evidence that the holder left the Army honourably.

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SOLDIERS' DISCHARGES., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9578, 4 April 1919

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SOLDIERS' DISCHARGES. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9578, 4 April 1919