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Reserve Forces

Defence written question – answered on 10th July 2013.

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Photo of Henry Bellingham Henry Bellingham Conservative, North West Norfolk

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what estimate he has made of the number of new reservists recruited from regular service personnel previously made redundant.

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

The most recent information available is for 1 April 2013. At that date, of the UK Regular and Gurkha personnel (both trained and untrained) who have left the services since September 2011 under the current UK Armed Forces Redundancy Programme, 140 were members of the Volunteer Reserve forces.

Transforming the Territorial Army into a capable, integrated Army Reserve enhances the opportunities for ex-regulars to contribute their collective training experience. There is a comprehensive information campaign to ensure all service leavers, not just redundees, are aware of the opportunities and benefits of joining the reserves, including a commitment bonus worth £5,000, paid over four years.

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