Armed Forces: Young People

Defence written question – answered on 3rd July 2012.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence with reference to Defence Reform, what assessment he has made of the value for money of taking recruits into the armed forces at 16 rather than 18 years old; and what evidential basis his Department used to conclude recruiting at 16 rather than 18 years old represented good value for money.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The Ministry of Defence takes pride in the fact that our armed forces provide challenging and constructive education, training and employment opportunities for young people equipping them with valuable and transferable skills. The minimum age at which individuals may join the armed forces remains at 16 years. There are no plans to change this.

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