Armed Forces: Graduates

Defence written question – answered on 30th April 2008.

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Photo of Adam Afriyie Adam Afriyie Shadow Minister (Science and Innovation)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of armed forces personnel have a university degree.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

holding answer 28 April 2008

The total number of armed forces personnel who are recorded as having a university degree or equivalent or higher is 17,469. This is around nine per cent. of the total strength.

The figure quoted is an estimate only, as the data transferred from the former single service legacy data systems to the Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) system had differing degrees of reliability. In addition, since the introduction of the JPA system, the responsibility for updating this specific type of data rests solely with the individual, and as such may not always be recorded.

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