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QF course, they are not 18 years old now. They are fully-matured men, and, some of them, veteran soldiers. A great deal has been said and written about them. It was true then; it is truer now. By comparison with every other group of New Zealand's servicemen they will be at a serious disadvantage when they return to civilian life. Through the coincidence of their age and their country's need they were called into the Services three years before they would have been liable for overseas service. Some of them have never had civilian occupation; the most fortunate of them have had but a brief experience of it. What is to be their future now? According to Mr. Holland's interpretation of the Government's proposals, men with two and a half years' service are likely to be released-if that service has been overseas None of the 18-year-old group except those who volunteered for Navy or Air Force can have had that period of service overseas. Therefore, it appears that they are to be retained. If this is the proposal, it should arouse a protest so hot that it will be discarded The important factor, in the case of these 18-year-olds, is not the length of their overseas service; it is the length of their total service. It has t Thelr C3Se f ° r releaSe needs Special consideration, just as special efforts are needed, and should be prepared now to make easier their rehabilitation. If their case is not heeded now it win be submerged later, when tens of thousands of men return. Mr Holland has stressed their need; Mr. Nash has agreed with him. It is for other members of Parliament, on both sides of the House, to support them vigorously and insistently. It may be the last opportunity

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THE EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLDS, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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THE EIGHTEEN-YEAR-OLDS Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945