Development of the Reserve and Auxiliary Forces during the Last
Year of Peace
The Secretary of State then announced that a new type of
reserve, enl~stment was being prepared whereby the reservist would
join initially for a six months period of continuous service on
full pay for training, the inducement being a bonus at the end of
the period and a substantial .retaining fee during his period of
reserve service. The respons~ to this plan was good and the
first R.A.F.V .R·. pilots .began their continuous training early in
1939. By July 1939, about 180 undergoing training and all
vacancies were· filled. Meanwhile, it bad been decided in March
1939 to launch a similar scheme for RAFVR observers and air gunners.
rn A.M. File s.51698.