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TONG-SERVICE personnel in the Navy, who have been looking with envy, at their opposite numbers, in the Army now preparing to return to civil welcome the announcement by the Minister of Defence of the points system governing priorities for demobilisation. The system gives credit for, overseas service, family status, and there is also, for the first time, acknowledgment that home service should count when release is being considered. While congratulating Mr. Jones on his scheme, it must be pointed out' that there is one aspect, of his public announcement anyway, which will cause grave concern to those most intimately affected. "Where skilled men are required to Maintain efficiency they will be retained until they can be replaced by other skilled men," said Mr. Jones. This, from the wartime Navy man's point of view, is the seemingly inevitable "nigger in the woodpile." The officer or rating who excels at his job may be retained, while the fellow who has just "coasted along'-' may anticipate early discharge. Efficient service may earn a severe penalty. The Naval Staff's point of view, quite properly, is that efficiency must not be impaired by premature demobilisation. That is very true, but it must be stressed that the Navy is a Service institution, and as such must' be prepared for casualties. No man in any walk, of life is irreplaceable, and in the sixth year of war this should be more than ever true of the Navy. It can only be assumed that the Minister, whose interest in the welfare. of the personnel of the three Services is well known, did not realise the full implications of the qualifying clause in the scheme prepared for him by his naval advisers.

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A PENALTY FOR EFFICIENCY?, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945

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A PENALTY FOR EFFICIENCY? Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 185, 7 August 1945