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Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. Several important questions concerning service in the-Armed Forces were discussed in the House yesterday afternoon by the Minister of Defence, :Ar. Jones. He remarkec mat many parents were concerned about youths of 18 years, and up to 23. He had a son in a similar position. The difficulty, as parents saw it, was that such boys learned nothing except what was possible in the Army. It had been suggested that there might be an arrangement for these youths to return to New Zealand after a certain period overseas, but against that must be set the question whether a man with two of a family should be denied his right of return against that of a boy of 22 or 23. The Army, he continued, did provide educational facilities, and many youths took advantage of them. If a sufficient number of men could be secured then consideration could be given to whether anything could be done for boys after three or four years service in New Zealand, who were now doing operational duty overseas. He believed most of them wanted the experience of going abroad. The Minister added that the report that Pacific service would not count fully had never been made officially, and he did not know \vho was responsible for it. "Overseas service," he said, "meant anywhere outside New Zealand. There were about 2000 men who had been in the Pacific now in the Forces overseas. Those who had had two years or more overseas service would be be brought back to New Zealand. Some members of the Third Division were in camp in New Zealand, and provided they had had two or more years service in the Pacific or elsewhere overseas they would be allowed to remain in New Zealand, and a certain number of those men would be released.

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ARMED FORCES, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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ARMED FORCES Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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