Reserve Forces

Defence written question – answered on 5th September 2013.

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Photo of James Gray James Gray Conservative, North Wiltshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people applied to join the Reserve Army in the most recent period for which figures are available; how many of them have been processed; and what the average time taken by Capita is to process applications.

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

The Army is operating in partnership with Capita to deliver Army recruitment. In the first quarter of recruiting year 2013-14, 3,301 applications were received to join the Army Reserve. All of the applications have been processed to some degree, resulting in some candidates being rejected, others continuing to progress through the recruitment process, and others being finally approved for enlistment.

It will take time to accurately measure the growth in Reserve Forces following the announcement of 3 July 2013, Hansard, column 932, but the Secretary of State for Defence, my right hon. Friend Mr Hammond has said the Government remains committed to keeping the House updated through the publication of both recruitment figures and trained strength figures as the Army Reserve moves forward.

Each application is processed according to individual circumstances. Factors such as medical issues and availability are likely to affect the time spent in the recruitment process. In general it is anticipated that a candidate will be able to progress from application to enlistment in about 90 days.

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