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." It was nice of them to give a reason.
In a signal to Port Moresby, Thursday Island and Darwin, the relevant Naval Officer's in Charge (NOIC) were informed that AWA telegraphists operating W/T stations in their areas were to be attested and enrolled nominally in RANVR. Since all AWA telegraphists had already been enrolled at this time, the Secretary's signal to the NOICs was obviously a "tidying up of loose ends" exercise.
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.