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To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Pashtun speakers there are (a) serving in Her Majesty's Armed Forces, (b) serving in Her Majesty's armed forces and deployed to Afghanistan, and (c) locally engaged in Afghanistan alongside Her Majesty's Armed Forces.
There are approximately 150 service personnel registered as fluent Pashtun speakers serving in HM Forces. The number of personnel deployed to Afghanistan varies and currently stands at nine. A variety of other languages are spoken across HM Forces and the vast majority of personnel receive a basic level of language training before deploying to Afghanistan. We currently employ approximately 525 local civilians as interpreters in support of HM Forces in Afghanistan.