- 1955 - 1964 (Creation)
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The AC/36(M) chronological series contains the records of the Expert Working Group on Manpower. The Expert Working Group on Manpower had been part of the Working Group on Labour Mobility(1) since January 1953, so its documents were originally incorporated into the AC/36 document series. It was only after mid-January 1955 that the two entities were clearly differentiated by separating their documents. The documents of the Expert Working Group on Manpower were given the reference AC/36(M). On 2 May 1956, the Senior Civil Emergency Planning Committee (SCEPC) informed the Council of its decision to rename the Expert Working Group on Manpower the "Manpower Planning Committee" (see AC/36(M)-D/14) without changing its responsibilities The Working Group co-operated closely and regularly exchanged reports with the SCEPC. The Working Group’s task was to examine the problems associated with calling up reservists in a crisis, the issue of scientific manpower and the registration of critical medical staff. The Working Group continued its work after 1964.
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The documents in the AC/36(M) chronological series contain activity reports, annual reviews and reports on the issue of manpower. Various questionnaires were sent to the member countries. The replies to the questionnaire on manpower mobilization in the armed forces and civil defence services (see AC/36-D/32) have been kept. Another questionnaire on the same topic was issued to supplement the first (see AC/36(M)D/5). There are also questionnaires on the training of scientific and technical manpower (see AC/36(M)-D/17), shortages and surpluses of highly qualified scientific and technical staff (ibid.), arrangements for the selection and mobilization of reservists in a crisis (see AC/36(M)-D/18), the role of employment services in wartime (see AC/36(M)D/51(final)), the status of host country manpower employed by the NATO headquarters based on its territory (see AC/36(M)-D/101) and national manpower planning and its relationship to national general emergency planning (see AC/36(M)-D/144). The replies to these surveys have been kept. Several topics were discussed, such as the issue of guest workers and their status in the event of a crisis. Manpower mobilization in a crisis, particularly medical personnel, as well as the control and distribution of personnel are also discussed. Finally, the series contains documents on the training of scientific and technical manpower, the shortage of this type of manpower and a comparison of the recruitment methods used for scientific personnel, engineers and technicians in the NATO member countries and the republics of the former Soviet Union.
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The documents are arranged by type - Note (N) and Working Paper (WP).
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NATO publicly disclosed information is available for research and education purposes. Any commercial use requires the written permission of NATO. Please credit the NATO Archives should any documents be used for publication. Guidelines for the proper citation of NATO publicly disclosed information can be found on the NATO Archives website (http://www.nato.int/archives).
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The records were circulated in both NATO official languages (English and French).
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(1) We do not have the Working Group's TOR.