1. How many men who enlisted in the army for overseas service are there at present in Canada?
2. Of these, how many are, (a) members of the veterans guard; (b) in categories which render them unsuitable for overseas service; (c) are necessarily retained in this country for organizational or staff duties?
Mr. MACDONALD (Halifax);
1. Including those in territories adjacent to Canada, approximately 140,000 of whom probably 50,000 or more are or can be made available as reinforcements for overseas service.
2. (a) Approximately 8,500.
(b) Excluding those in the veterans guard there are approximately 50,000 who are of an age or military category such that they would not normally be sent overseas. Individuals among these may be sent overseas for special duty.
In addition, there are approximately 25,000 who, while not definitely unsuitable for overseas service, are in age groups, medical categories, or ranks such that only a limited number of them can be absorbed within establishments of the army overseas.
(c) Excluding those referred to in (a) and (b) above, there are approximately 10,000 employed on the staffs of administrative, training and servicing units in Canada.
As many as possible of these are being withdrawn for overseas service, but some will no doubt have to be retained permanently in Canada because their duties require fit general service volunteers or because of special knowledge and experience which makes it difficult to obtain suitable replacements.