16 NOVEMBER 1945, Page 16

DEFERMENT OF OFFICERS' RELEASE Stit,—In all recent discussions on the

deferment of officers' release one point has been insufficiently stressed. Many officers, particularly ;11 C.M.F., have now been overseas for more than three years, and yet there is no indication of a reduction in the overseas service period. The length of that period, four years, was always the subject of heated debate ; and promises were clearly made that after the end of the European war some reduction might be expected. Now that the war in both Europe and Asia is finished, the overseas period still remains at the same monstrous duration. To state my own case, which is typical of many: next May--twelve months after the end of the European war—I shall have been overseas for 3 years and it months, and still not due for release or repatriation.

Deferment of release, applied to those officers who have been overseas for 31 years, is an unjustifiable hardship. In their case the restoration of family life should be subordinated to no other (so-called) "necessities." CHAPLAIN, C.M.F.