Hon. Brooke Claxion (Minisier of National Defence):
In answer to the first question, last year the three services called the attention of all units to a general order to give effect to the amendments adopted at the last session; and required commanding officers to give a certificate that every member of the unit under his command was, by December 1, 1950, advised of the additional opportunities presented as a result of the amendments to the Defence Services Pension Act. In addition, follow-ups have been sent by the chairman of the personnel members' committee to the officers commanding commands and formations both in Canada and outside, calling this to their attention.
With regard to the second question, the form, as the hon. member has pointed out to me privately, is necessarily complicated, and every man is given assistance in filling it out. It is quite unlikely that any man would have the information necessary to fill it out without access to the regimental and other records. The usual practice is for the form to be filled out by the paymaster or other appropriate officer working with the man, who then reads the form, makes his election, and signs the form.
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Subtopic: OPPORTUNITY FOR PERSONNEL TO CONTRIBUTE TO FUND