Armed Forces Personnel

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons on 8th July 2019.

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

As we enter the 21st century, we must accept that the armed forces are about more than simply mass. That is precisely why we are investing in technology, and it is why the battlefield of the 21st century will be a very different beast from that of the 20th. I am concerned about the drop below that figure that we have seen in recent years, but, as I have just demonstrated, we are turning the supertanker around. The size of the trained strength of the British Army can only be increased if it has untrained recruits. As I have demonstrated, we are now seeing an increase in the number of people joining the Army, and that is a positive development.