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The opinion that R.N.Z.A.F. personnel in the Pacific were fully satisfied with what the Rehabilitation Department was doing for them, and also with the extent to which information on rehabilitation was available, was expressed in an interview by Wing-Commander E. Caradus, Director of Educational Services, R.N.Z.A.F., who has just returned from a tour of R.N.Z.A.F. units at most Pacific bases, naval shore establishments and R.N.Z.N. ships in the Pacific. Wing-Commander Caradus said some 2000 R.N.Z.A.F. men in the Pacific were taking some form of class or correspondence course, out of a total of over 7000 naval and Air Force men in all, at home and overseas, who had enrolled. It was apparent that with a view to their rehabilitation the men were taking steps to improve their qualifications. Officers of the R.N.Z.A.F. Educational Services had long been available on all Air Force stations to supply airmen with information on rehabilitation, he said. The various aspects of the subject had been treated in a series of short talks, while full information was distributed regularly. Notices in Y.M.C.A. rooms and libraries drew the attention of personnel to the fact that full information on rehabilitation could be obtained from education officers. In addition, on practically every station, short ta! l 's were given over a loud-speakei an introduction to the picture programme. On one station the education officer had instituted a quiz session on the subject at the start of the programme, a question being put one night and answered the next. Taken by and large, New Zealanders on Pacific stations had ample opportunity of knowing what was being done towards their rehabilitation on their return. Any man who required specific information could obtain it through the information service, the wingcommander added. If he were not sufficiently interested to make the necessary inquiry it was his own concern, as the giving of rehabilitation information was one of the specific duties of the education officers. During his visit Wing-Com-mander Caradus gave 13 talks, sometimes over the loud-speaker at the pictures, sometimes in the Y.M.C.A., and once in the chapel, and found the men actively interested.

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WELL-INFORMED, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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WELL-INFORMED Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 183, 4 August 1945

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