April 7, 1943 (19th Parliament, 4th Session)

LIB

Mr. RALSTON: (Minister of National Defence)

Liberal

1. Yes.
2. (a) Reinforcement officers, Canadian armoured corps, Royal Canadian artillery and

infantry must be:-major under 43 years of age; captain under 38 years of age; lieut. under 33 years of age.
Reinforcement officers, other arms and services, must be; major under 43 years of age; captain under 40 years of age; lieut. under 36 years of age.
(b) Officers and other ranks, other than reinforcements, are subject to review before proceeding overseas and only in special circumstances are they dispatched if they have passed the review age for their rank in their respective arm or sendee as follows: Canadian armoured corps, Royal Canadian artillery and infantry:-Lieut.-colonel 48 years; major 43 years; captain 38 years; lieut. 33 years.
Other arms and services:-Lieut.-colonel 48 years; major 43 years; captain 40 years; lieut. 36 years.
3. (a) Yes. (b) Yes.
4. (a) Ottawa, officers 114, other ranks 501-
as at 27 Mar. 43; (b) overseas, officers 39, other ranks 125-as at 30 Mar. 43. Note: The
figures for overseas headquarters do not include the officers and other ranks employed at army, corps and other headquarters in the field.
Most of the younger officers and men serving at headquarters are junior staff officers, technicians, and specialists appointed for a temporary tour of duty. In this way, these officers and men acquire experience in staff duties and methods before being posted to field formations and units.

Topic:   QUESTIONS
Subtopic:   CANADIAN ARMY-OFFICERS AND MEN ON HEADQUARTERS STAFFS
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