The Secretary of the Department of the Navy advised the Chairman of AWA what the navy had done and advised that "the enrolment of these men in RANVR will afford them some protection in the event of their becoming prisoners of war.
The fact that they were in uniform and were members of the RANVR was intended to afford some degree of protection in the event of their becoming prisoners of war.
On 16 February 1942, the Secretary advised NOIC Port Moresby of the official numbers issued to the RANVR AWA telegraphists in his area.
Although nominally enrolled into the RANVR, the telegraphists remained employees of AWA and the firm was quite at liberty to transfer men as it pleased.
Such personnel are to be discharged from the RANVR as from 1st October 1945.