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Topical Questions

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons on 20th May 2019.

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Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Off the top of my head, I would say that about 75,000 will be trained and 7,000 untrained. However, it is important to understand that people begin by being trained to be infantry soldiers and then go beyond that. If, for example, they are joining a technical corps such as the Royal Engineers or the Royal Corps of Signals, the point at which they become fully trained can be even further down the line.