For sale is a Pair Of WW2 British Army Education Corps A.E.C Cloth Shoulder Titles which is in good condition.
In June 1920 the Army Educational Corps (AEC) was formed to deliver the resettlement scheme and army education after the wartime scheme ended. The members were no longer classed as non-combatants, with their original wartime role to be the maintenance of well-being in units, and during peacetime to engage in an advisory role and specialist teaching. By the 1930s the Corps was mainly involved in literacy and numeracy skills and were involved in the development of the Indian Army. Their wartime role evolved to allocation in headquarters to act as cyphers.
With the declaration of war, the AEC was nearly disbanded. Members were transferred to headquarters to do cypher work on signal traffic. However, after Dunkirk a majority of the army were back in the UK with very little to do. Working with local authorities, colleges and universities, lectures, talks and courses were provided to soldiers as part of the Haining Scheme. In 1941 the Army Bureau of Current Affairs or ABCA was created to explain why the war was being fought and to provide news from theatres of operation. The AEC were at D-Day muster points with activities to keep the troops busy. After D-Day they provided troops with newssheets, set up study centres and education centres behind the lines. At the end of the war the AEC created and implemented the Period Release Scheme, an expansive resettlement scheme for the British and colonial troops.
The title “royal” was given to the AEC in recognition of their war work. The post-war duty of the Corps included voluntary education for promotion, resettlement training, and the education of national servicemen. In 1963 the RAEC became all-officer. On operations they created newssheets and other morale boosting activities, acted as intelligence officers, provided education support for personnel, and acted as interpreters.
The Royal Army Educational Corps was disbanded with the formation of the Adjutant General’s Corps in April 1992.
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