302. Application of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, 1the broad aim of which is to rehabilitate offenders who have not been reconvicted of any serious offence for periods of years and to penalise the unauthorised disclosure of their previous convictions2, has a bearing on many areas of personnel management in the armed forces3. These include recruitment, commissioning, postings to particular areas or appointments, promotions, and extensions of service or re-engagement, amongst others. Appropriate action has therefore been taken to bring the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 to the notice of those likely to be concerned with them in