Vietnam, National Service Scheme

The National Service Scheme operated from November 1964 to December 1972. It was based on a birthday ballot of 20-year-old men who had registered with the Department of Labour and National Service. Those chosen by ballot were called up to perform two years' continuous full-time service in the Regular Army Supplement, followed by three years' part-time service in the Regular Army Reserve. The scheme was designed to create an army strength of 40,000 full-time soldiers.

    Street sign for "Noack Avenue", Nui Dat, Vietnam, 1966 – named after Private E. W. Noack from B Company (5RAR), the first national serviceman killed in South Vietnam. C246316

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