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BOGUS EXEMPTIONS. I WHY MEDICALLY UNFIT RECRUITS MAY BE EXAMINED. The following letter has been sent by Lord Derby to a correspon dent: Dear Sir,—I beg to acknowledge your letter of January 27th. There are good reasons for the recruiting authorities insisting that men al- ready rejected as medically unfit should in certain cases have to under- go a further medical examination be- before receiving an armlet. The facts of the matter are as fol- lows:— 1 Many men slipped through during the recent rush, and it would be un- fair that men who are not entitled should wear an armlet on the strength of a medical certificate obtained with- out adequate examination, 2 Again, cases are known where a man suffering from some permanent physical disability obtained a medical rejection paper and then went to var- ious recruiting offices and obtained further rejection papers, giving names of friends to whom he sold the rejec- tion papers. This practice was stopped by having the registration card stamped by the recruiting officer, but there are a certain number of these bogus rejection papers in existence. CRIPPLES MAY BE USEFUL. 3. A further reason is that the standard having been much lowered recently for branches of the Army, many men who were formerly rejected are now required, men who are physic- ally fit can be released from clerical duties, and replaced by men ony fit for sedentary occupations. For example, a man with a cork leg would be quite unfit for active serve4 but if he be a trained and experienced clerk might be very useful indeed in a pay depart- ment, and could release a more active man for foreign service. As far as possible every man should apply at the recruiting oiffcc, at which he was previously rejected, where the record of his previous rejection will be kept. When the cause of the man's rejection is some serious organic dis- ease (other than eyesight) and this has been noted, further medical ex- amination will be unnecessary. 5. The following is an extract from the Army Order on the above subject: It will be necessary for all men who have already been rejected on medical grounds to be medically ex- amined again unless they produce Army Form B 2505A or Army Form B 2512A, showing date and cause of rejection. These forms will be veri- fied by reference to Army Book 303 at the place shown on the forms.

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