Bank Street,Castleford ,West Yorkshire,two fine buildings,built in the 1930s one the Post Office,the other with both door lintels engraved; "Labour Exchange";;. This is where I registered for National Service.......that is how I remember it. As regards pay, National Servicemen were paid NS rates until the last 6 months of their service when they received regular rates of pay.Additionally those in the RAF who had not progressed beyond AC2 were regraded as AC1 and received an uplift in pay on the regular scales. On entry AC2.....pay 4 shillings a day..... aptitude tests conducted..trade options offered on result of aptitude tests on completion of induction training......square bashing. Some were not offered trade training but were destined to be Admin Orderlies or Aircraft Assistants and were immediately posted to their permanent unit as AC2s.Others were posted direct to their permanent station as the likes of some u/t engine mechanics with their training being conducted as "on the job" Those with a trade option and detailed for structured training went to a Training Command unit as appropriate for their training requirements.Wearing of RAF uniform off station was mandatory while in Training Command. Passing out of technical training successfully.....Regraded as AC1.....pay up to 5 shillings/ day and posted to a permanent unit....issued with a pass with permission to wear civilian clothing when off duty.At permanent station for those in technical trades, decision made to allocate internal transfer to 1st line servicing (Squadron ground crew within Flying Wing) or 2nd line servicing (Specialist trade section within Technical Wing). Those on squadron groundcrew were expected to carry out servicing and very importantly sign the Form 700,a declaration that servicing (daily inspections/pre flight and after flight inspections) had been carried out to laid down standards....aircraft would not be accepted by a pilot for operations unless every trade had been signed off and he in turn would supply a signature,accepting the aircraft. Satisfactory progress in squadron servicing and able to work without immediate supervision....assessed by i/c Sgt...regraded to LAC..pay up to 7 shillings a day,still on NS rates. Promotion to SAC.After 18 months service put on regular pay of 11 shillings/day.Had to have attained minimum academic standard. As regards the attraction of 4 shillings, 6d/day regular pay for those NS entering the service,I would not say this was not much of an attraction.What counted was the outcome of the trade option and this was used to induce NS men as regulars.....one of our Air Wireless Mechanics was only allocated the trade option when he signed on for a minimum of 3 years. An acquaintance of mine entered the service at 21 years old after an electrical engineering apprenticeship...he declined to sign on as a regular to obtain his trade and completed his NS....... as a Cook.....little wonder he has never shown any interest in the service since. The opportunity to recruit NS men as regulars came at their exit interview or towards the end of their service....some signed on as regulars for a variety of reasons.On my exit interview by the W/C Admin, I was offered a J/T Air Radar Fitters course if I signed on as a regular...at the time the first Valiant V Bomber squadron was envisaged but still somewhat far away and the operational service of Lincoln B2s would be withdrawn from front line duty in the mid 1950s. Regarding the deployment of NS men in the service.In some trades,the core of a section's strength might be NS men.In our radar section we had about 10 personnel,two were regulars,former Boy Entrants and were J/T fitters,the rest were NS men from AC1s to SACs Reservist commitment....allocation of mobilisation centre,mine was RAF Rufforth,York but never called to report for the annual two weeks duty.By this time I was involved in a reserved occupation. Sandy's White Paper has to be researched deeply to understand what it was.To some professionals,it was a shambles.The 1956 Defence Review threw up extensive discussions and much of the Sandys' White Paper had been written before from the 1956 Defence Review.Macmillan's thinking was that Fighter Command should be abolished and that the Hunter and Javelin should be the last fighters issued to the RAF with the UK fighter defence underwritten by ballistic nuclear weapons.Macmillan also had personal views expressed what would be the total V bomber force of 200 front line aircraft envisaged,rendered down to 100-120. Sandys was of the opinion that Coastal Command should be absorbed by the Admiralty.It had been last discussed in 1954 without proposed change. As for NS,the legislation was due to run out in 1958 and the three Secretaries of State were aware of it.Government ministers such as Sainsbury thought that it could only be relaxed by 1965 while Antony Head saw that the situation with NS was that it would be over subscribed and a ballot was the solution to the problem.Earlier Eden as PM was determined to get rid of NS but his time ran out. His total manpower across three services was suggested at 350000 rather than the 450000 that Head envisaged. It would appear that Sandys was a poor communicator in sofar he did not allow circulation of his proposals to restrict debate as some thought.Consequently,he had strained relations with the Chiefs of Staff and was seen as Macmillan's hatchet man.In the end Sandys' White Paper was seen by Macmillan as a hot potato and it was shelved with nothing acted upon from1958 to 1962. As some military professionals summarised the White Paper.....a curate's egg...good in parts,but not many.