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Service Personnel: Recruitment and Retention

Part of Defence – in the House of Commons on 21st October 2019.

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

The right hon. Gentleman makes a really important point. It will come as no surprise to him that, having been a serving member of the reserves for 31 years, I take reserve service very seriously. I think that maintaining that offer is absolutely key, which is one of the reasons why I have imposed a target to ensure that at least 5% of our reserve community have the opportunity to go on operations, as his son-in-law is doing. It is that offer that is so key.