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The Tribunals and the Volunteer Training Corps

James McDermott

in British Military Service Tribunals, 1916–18

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780719084775
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702673 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719084775.003.0009
The Tribunals and the Volunteer Training Corps

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The Volunteer Training Corps (VTC) was born to protect the homeland from a German invasion. The Central Association of Volunteer Training Corps (CAVTC) acted principally as an advisory clearing-house for the multitude of queries and suggestions that poured in from local corps, and as a lobbying body dedicated to extracting from government a commitment to define the role of the VTC. The Tribunals were advised that they could attach a ‘requirement’ that a man being offered an exemption certificate should join the VTC, though the requirement in itself should not constitute the condition of the exemption. The Appeals Tribunal were not deeply involved in the early struggle to establish a consistent VTC policy. Tribunals in Northamptonshire who imposed the VTC requirement had overwhelmingly directed fit men into Section B. The evolution of the Royal Defence Corps from 1916 had the effect of dragging up its least respected component, the VTC.

Keywords: Volunteer Training Corps; Central Association of Volunteer Training Corps; Appeals Tribunal; Northamptonshire; Royal Defence Corps

Chapter.  9358 words. 

Subjects: Military History

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