Conscription: the Second World War

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  1. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery

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    Conscription: the Second World War - UK Parliament

    Conscription: the Second World War
    Limited conscription of men
    During the spring of 1939 the deteriorating international situation forced the British government under Neville Chamberlain to consider preparations for a possible war against Nazi Germany.

    Plans for limited conscription applying to single men aged between 20 and 22 were given parliamentary approval in the Military Training Act in May 1939. This required men to undertake six months' military training, and some 240,000 registered for service.

    Full conscription of men
    On the day Britain declared war on Germany, 3 September 1939, Parliament immediately passed a more wide-reaching measure.

    The National Service (Armed Forces) Act imposed conscription on all males aged between 18 and 41 who had to register for service. Those medically unfit were exempted, as were others in key industries and jobs such as baking, farming, medicine, and engineering.

    Conscientious objectors had to appear before a tribunal to argue their reasons for refusing to join-up. If their cases were not dismissed, they were granted one of several categories of exemption, and were given non-combatant jobs.

    Conscription helped greatly to increase the number of men in active service during the first year of the war.

    Conscription of women
    In December 1941 Parliament passed a second National Service Act. It widened the scope of conscription still further by making all unmarried women and all childless widows between the ages of 20 and 30 liable to call-up.

    Men were now required to do some form of National Service up to the age of 60, which included military service for those under 51. The main reason was that there were not enough men volunteering for police and civilian defence work, or women for the auxiliary units of the armed forces.
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  3. Uncle Target

    Uncle Target Mist over Dartmoor

    I might make myself unpopular again but here we go.

    Conscription was to change the character of Army Officer Recruitment in WW2, follow this link & read specifically the paragraphs ref WW2.

    Ronald Forbes Adam - Wikipedia

    "Adam did not accept the traditional view that there was an officer-producing class, but believed that men and women of ability could be found in all parts of the community".

    The establishment did however get their way post war when his reforms were dropped.
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