May 7, 1918 (13th Parliament, 1st Session)


Robert Laird Borden (Prime Minister; Secretary of State for External Affairs)



I am afraid I do not understand the hon. gentleman's question.
Major-General MEWBCRN: Men reporting for service will undergo a medical examination as to their physical category to determine whether they are fit for general service or not. If a man is found fit for general service he is put in Class A, and he will join the regular depot battalion. The medical board have nothing to do with tho classification of a man according to his trade or occupation. The intention is to try and utilize the services of a man where his professional knowledge or otherwise may be best for the nation. If he is a chemist and desires to join any particular branch of the Army Medical Corps, it is a question of whether there are vacancies requiring such men. I understand that in England they are trying to classify men according to their trade and occupation, whereby their knowledge will be best utilized. The medical examination made when a man reports does not go into that: It is to determine whether the man is physically fit or not.

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