Reference LAB 6/13
Title Military Training Act, 1939: explanatory notes on the principal provisions
Former Department Reference M.533
Government Department Ministry of Labour and National Service
Themes Military Activity and Home Defence, Preparations for War and Peace
Subthemes Conscription
Document Types Official Correspondence, Advertisements, Pamphlets, and Posters
Civil Defence Regions Nationwide
Organisations Auxiliary Air Force, Merchant Navy, Military Training (Hardship) Committees, Royal Air Force, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, Royal Naval Reserve, Royal Navy


A file containing drafts of a leaflet issued by the Ministry of Labour explaining the Military Training Act 1939. Documents in the file include official correspondence on the leaflet; multiple drafts of the leaflet; and a final copy of the leaflet. Topics covered by the leaflet include the classes which are exempt from being called up for military training; the registration process; medical examinations to assess health and fitness; and the posting of recruits to military units. Other topics discussed include circumstances under which call-up can be postponed; the role of Military Training (Hardship) Committees; the role of employers in the reinstatement of recruits into civil employment; and the process of dealing with conscientious objectors, including the circumstances under which this can be pursued. An entry in the correspondence notes that the act, and therefore the leaflet, were superseded on the passing of the National Service (Armed Forces) Act 1939.


British Dominions, conscientious objectors, conscription, employment, fishing, healthcare, law, military reserves, military training, publications, recruitment, trade unions, tribunals

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