The Rhodesian Government has tightened its conscription rules to raise more military manpower in the face of increased African nationalist guerrilla attacks.
The Rhodesian Government has tightened its conscription rules to raise more military manpower in the face of increased African nationalist guerrilla attacks. All exemptions from military service and training granted before 1 May have been cancelled.
A Defence Ministry spokesman said on Friday (14 May) that the need for sufficient trained manpower to deal effectively with the recent upsurge in terrorist incursions had been responsible for the decision taken.
Only one week earlier, Rhodesia increased its period of compulsory military service from 12 to 18 months. Conscription applies to Rhodesia's white, mixed race and Asian men between the ages of 18 and 25. Blacks are taken into the army only when they volunteer.
At a passing out parade on Friday, Defence Minister Pieter van der Byl called on civilians to do more to bring about "the final defeat of the Communist terrorists".
It was the largest passing out parade in the history of the Rhodesian Light Infantry. Two-hundred and forty recruits completed their 18 weeks of basic training and were ready to begin active duty in anti-terrorist warfare.
(This film is serviced with part of the address made by the Defence Minister at the passing out parade. A transcript follows)