Armed Forces: Young People

Defence written question – answered on 13th May 2013.

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Photo of Cathy Jamieson Cathy Jamieson Shadow Minister (Treasury)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many new recruits to the infantry were aged (a) 16, (b) 17 and (c) 18 or above at enlistment in each of the last 10 years for which figures are available.

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

Information on the number of untrained regular soldiers enlisted into the infantry aged 16, 17 and 18 and above since April 2007 is shown in the following table.

  Age on intake/enlistment
Year of intake (financial year) 16 17 Over 18
2007-08 740 980 2,700
2008-09 760 850 3,290
2009-10 650 650 3,300
2010-11 610 480 2,240
2011-12 580 690 3,290
2012-13 250 440 2,590
Note: The information is shown in recruiting years, which run from April to March. The figures are for untrained Regular Army only and therefore exclude Gurkhas, Full Time Reserve Service, Mobilised Reserves, Territorial Army and all other Reserves, but include those personnel that have transferred from the Gurkhas to the Regular Army. Age is based on the date of intake.The totals for 2012-13 relate to the period from April 2012 to February 2013.

Information prior to 2007 is not held in the format requested.

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