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(Australian Imperial Force) for war service in the World denies the serving of Reserved Occupations;

Chocko Officer -

C.M.F (Citizens Military Force) for war service in Australia allows the serving of Reserved Occupations;

COY – Company;

G.P. – General purpose (vehicles); GP's were a small, American supplied, 4-wheel drive vehicle with two sets of gear ratios. A long lever close to driver operated the normal 4 gears, 3 forward and 1 reverse and a short lever further away from driver reduced the aforementioned gears to a much lower ratio. They were mostly driven by batman to transport Officers. The modern day, more opulent versions of the above are now called Jeeps.

H.Q. – Headquarters;

Japs – Japanese people;

Lt. – Lieutenant;

Lt.Col. – Lieutenant Colonel;

M. – Major;

Mess – Army dining and socialising facility;

N.C.O. – Non Commissioned Officer;

N.T. – Northern Territory of Australia;

P.W.D. – Public Works Department;

P.W.D.A.D. – Public Works Department, Architectural Division;

Q.M. – (Quarter Master) Material supplier;

Q.M.S. – Quarter Master Sergeant;

R.S.M. – Regimental Sergeant Major;

Reserved Occupations – highly qualified professionals and practitioners etc.;

S. – Sergeant;

S.M. – Sergeant Major;

U.S. – United States;

W.A. - Western Australia

W.E.T – War equipment tables – lists all company personnel and war equipment.

When an Army Company is formed QM HQ print two copies of 'War Equipment Tables' (WET's) listing All 'materials and equipment' to be supplied and the number of each. Alongside this number is a blank space to pencil in number actually supplied. These pencil numbers being changed as supplies are increased or decreased or returned to various depots throughout War Zones or Australia. One copy of WET's is kept at QM HQ, the other at the Company, such movement of equipment etc being recorded on triplicate invoices by the sender who keeps the third copy. The other two are forwarded with the goods. They are both signed by the consignee who keeps one copy to amend his Coy's W.E.T and the second signed copy returned to the consigner for similar action. The 1940's value of the Coy's mechanical equipment would be many millions of pounds as it included a multitude of Jeeps, personnel and goods trucks, machinery trucks for mechanical equipment, maintenance and repair, a multitude of D8 and D6 bulldozers and auto patrols, office and communicating equipment, cooking and mess materials for approximately 80 personnel etc.

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