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At the annual meeting of the Wellington Officers' Institute to-night a welcome was proffered to Brigadier-Gen-eral Richardson. In his reply, General Richardson urged that the system, of training should be maintained in this country. They could not afford to be without adequate defence. All sorts of wild ideas had got about that there was to be no compulsory training after the war, that armies would not be needed, that the Peace Conference would for ever limit military force to the performance of mere police duties. Those who thought, who could visualise .the future, would never submit to the abolition of military force, designed purely for defence. In addition to the necessity of having a force there was to be considered its value in building up the youth of the nation. He believed that in England 60 per pent of the men examined for military service had been ', classed physically as lower than A; they had been, marked C 3. .That was why so much had been said about England being a C 3 nation. If the system lof compulsory training /were used : for ! nothing but the building up of the.nation's manhood the money spent upon it would ha well invested. He did not know what percentage of rejected there ! had been in this country, but he was certain the system of training employed had been largely, responsible for the fact that New Zealand had been able to send away such a fine body of men. It had been one of the surprises of the authorities in the Old' Country that draft after-draft had shown practically no diminution in physique. He> urged i that the system that had been in vogue here should continue and that the Territorial force should be maintained,-

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MILITARY TRAINING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9612, 17 May 1919

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MILITARY TRAINING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9612, 17 May 1919