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Call for a Barossa National Servicemen’s Association branch

Call for a Barossa National Servicemen’s Association branch

Last year’s National Servicemen luncheon was such a success that another luncheon event will again be held at the Tanunda RSL.

The luncheon will help to promote the interests, welfare, comradeship and support for the national servicemen and their families.

Mr Don Rowe and Mr Neville Jaeschke, members of the Barossa RSL clubs and organisers of the luncheon, said they hope to also start a Barossa National Servicemen Association.

Don said that there are 10 branches in South Australia.

National servicemen (Nashos) were a part of the National Service scheme implemented in 1951-1972 by the Australian Government.

300,000 men were required to participate in compulsory training with 212 soldiers dying on active duty in Vietnam and Borneo.

The scheme was carried out in two phases, the first began in 1951 with men aged 18 years and medically fit to serve 176 days in the Australian Army and two years part time in the Citizens Military Force (C.M.F.)

This was later changed to 77 days full time service and three years in the C.M.F., which concluded in 1959.

The second phase began in 1964 with 20 year olds being selected by a draft system by birth date.

Those called up served for two years full time where they were posted to a battalion, unit or training centre after 14 weeks of basic training and corps training.

In 1971, the time of service changed to 18 months and was soon completely phased out in 1972.

For the full story see this week’s edition of The Leader.