To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel of each rank in each branch of the armed forces have undertaken equality and diversity training in each year since 2008; what the agreed period for refresher training is; how many such personnel have yet to undergo (a) initial and (b) refresher training; and if he will make a statement.
The Ministry of Defence regards compliance with all equality and diversity (E&D) legislation as important and to that end mandates that all new service entrants receive equality and diversity training during their basic training. Refresher training intervals vary according to service. Every member of the Army is mandated to complete E&D awareness training on an annual basis. Navy personnel are required to complete refresher training every two years and for RAF personnel the interval is three years.