Officers advanced school - Release scheme



Officers advanced school - Release scheme


Gives details of release scheme of RAF personnel. Covers fairness, classes of release, categories not to be classified, postponement of release, clothing, post war credits and war gratuities.



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[underlined] OFFICERS ADVANCED TRAINIGN SCHOOL [/underlined]
References: A.P. 3093
Service and Release Books (Forms 2520, A, B, C, D.)
[underlined] Scope of the Release Scheme [/underlined]
1. The release scheme at present in operation is a method of re-allocating manpower between the armed forces and industry which will continue until the end of the war with Japan. There is no question of general demobilisation yet; age groups will continue to be called up and released personnel may be recalled.
[underlined] Fairness of the Scheme [/underlined]
2. The scheme has the advantage of being simple and priority of release is not normally based on variable factors or factors dependant on opportunity such as marriage, children or overseas service. It is based rather on age and length of service, but the age factor tends to make allowance for marriage and responsibility as older men are more likely to have such responsibility. Compensation for overseas service is given by grants of additional leave on release.
3. All personnel born in 1895 or earlier have absolute priority of release, and married women who make application have absolute priority over single women in the same branch or trade though all married women will not be released immediately. (A.M.O. A.503/45). Other personnel are allocated to groups according to age and length of service with one year of age counting as two months of service. (A.P. 3093 App. II). Service in A.T.A., Merchant Navy etc. (A.M.Os. A.379 & 380/45).
4. The national necessity for manpower in the reconstruction industries and personal necessity on compassionate grounds are catered for by special releases.
[underlined] Classes for Release [/underlined]
5. [underlined] Class A. [/underlined] Those in groups whose release has been authorised by Air Ministry promulgation in order of age/service priority. Promulgations are issued monthly and detail immediate and advance groups by branch, category or trade. (A.M.O. A.503/45). Benefits on release include 8 weeks leave with pay and allowances (A.P. 3093 Paras. 290-293). In addition one days leave with pay and allowances for every month of overseas service provided such service exceeds six months. (A.P. 3093 Para. 297). Personnel are transferred to the reserve and are liable for recall. They are able to exercise reinstatement rights or find other employment, but after their release leave is over they may in exceptional cases by directed by the Ministry of Labour.
6. [underlined] Class B. [/underlined] Those who are urgently required for reconstruction work. They are released either by trade in age/service groups or by name. They receive three weeks leave with pay and allowances but not leave for overseas service. Pay and allowances for any such overseas leave which would have been granted under Class A. will be issued at the end of the emergency. Personnel are transferred to the reserve and are liable to recall. If an individual leaves his reconstruction employment without permission he will be recalled and will be granted only 35 days leave on subsequent release in Class A. Class B personnel will be directed by the Ministry of Labour.
7. [underlined] Class C. [/underlined] Those who are released indefinitely on extreme compassionate grounds by authority of A.M. (A.P. 3093 para. 129). They will receive all the benefits of Class A with the exception of 8 weeks leave.
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[underlined] Categories Not to be Classified [/underlined] (A.P. 3093 App. I)
8. (a) Regular officers including re-employed retired officers
(b) Officers holding unexpired short service commissions
(c) Officers holding emergency commissions who were regular airmen immediately before commissioning and who have not asked to be released under A.M.O. A.482/45.
(d) Personnel of the Dominion forces.
(e) Personnel of Allied national forces.
(f) Airmen on unexpired regular engagements.
Group Captains, Group Officers and certain specialist officers are classified but will not go through the normal process of release. (AP. 3093 Ch. XI.)
[underlined] Postponement of Release [/underlined] (A.P. 3093 Ch. V.)
9. No person who can be employed and whose application for retention has been approved by A.M. or Records will be released against his will.
Postponement may be:-
(a) until general demobilisation, or
(b) for 6, 12 or 18 months after the individual becomes due for Class A release, or until general demobilisation if this comes sooner.
Applications for release under A.M.O. A.114/45 are no longer acceptable.
Postponement of release will not affect reinstatement rights (A.M.O. A.339/45).
[underlined] Clothing [/underlined]
10. (a) All men who have completed more than 6 months service will be given a complete outfit of civilian clothes on release. A cash allowance in lieu will not be issued. (A.P. 3093 Para 325)
(b) All women will be given a cash allowance of £12.10.0d and clothing coupons
(c) Airmen and airwomen may retain certain items of service clothing. (A.P. 3093 Para 320)
(d) Personnel may inspect a dispersal clothing centre when on leave in the vicinity (A.M.O. A.321/45)
[underlined] Post War Credits [/underlined]
11. Post war credits have accrued for airmen and airwomen since 1st January 1942 at the rate of 6d per day for airmen and 4d per day for airwomen. Such credits will be paid into a Post Office Savings Bank account about 60 days after release for Classes A and C and at the end of the emergency for Class B. The distinction between these credits and the rebate of income tax to be paid after the war should be appreciated.
[underlined] War Gratuities [/underlined]
12. War Gratuities will also be paid to classes A and C 60 days after release and to Class B at the end of the emergency in the form of a credit to a Post Office Savings Bank Account. A White Paper has been prepared on this scheme but details of its application are not yet available.


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