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It LADS OF 18 i CALLED UP FOR SERVICE. SKILLED APPRENTICES EXEMPTED, The Socrdary -of the War Office ma dp the following announcement on Monday :— The War Cabinet has instructed the Secretary of State for War t,) call up for military service all lads as and when they attain the ago of eighteen years, instead of as at present, eighteen years and seven months. • The necessary proclamation will ho issued immediately. It is not to bo understood that this im- plies any departure from the present ar- rangements whereby no man is sent over- seas until'he has attained the age of nineteen. There, is no present intention to depart from the existing arrangements or to modify existing orders on this point. The decision is to rail op all lads as and When they attain the age of eighteen years, to train them, and to employ them in home defence until they reach the age of nineteen. By doing this it will he pos- sible to reduce the requirements for men. of more mature years who are fit only for one or other of the lower medical cate- gories. All lads bora in 1898 a.nd in January 1899 who are still in civil life may report at once at the recruiting office in which th?y are registered. In any case they wi7t be required to report in ac Jrdance with the proclamation which is About to be issued, subject always to tit, regula- tions under the Military Set I-ice Acts, 2916, or the instructions relating to at- tested men, as the case may be. The only lads as a class who should not in the meantime report., are those who have Passed through an apprenticeship in one ot other of the .skilled engineering trades, and who are fully engaged on war work jn the shipyards or munition fac- tories. Siioli lad& should remain at their work. Others who have passed through an apprenticeship as above but who are not fully engaged on war work in the ship- yards or munition factories may report to their recruiting office and request to he trade-tested for posting as artificers. There are vacancies for such lads in the following corps:—Royal Regiment of Artillery, Royal Engineers, Royal Flying Corps, Army Service Corps, Machine Gun Corps, Heavy Section (Ta.nks), Army Ord- nance Corps. GERMANY DOES LIKEWISE. (lveuter s War Special.) AMSTERDAM, Mondav. According to the "LokaJ Anzeiger," the Berlin military authorities announce that all young men born in 1899 must re- port for military registration.

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