Army: Recruitment

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 28th October 2015.

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Photo of Andrew Gwynne Andrew Gwynne Shadow Minister (Health)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of Army (a) officers and (b) regular soldiers are recruited from (i) Scotland, (ii) England and Wales and (iii) Northern Ireland.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The proportion of regular Army officers and soldiers recruited from each country of the United Kingdom for 2014-15 is shown below:

Regular

Officer

Soldier

England

88.4%

80.6%

Scotland

4.7%

8.9%

Wales

4.7%

6.3%

N Ireland

1.4%

2.5%

Other

0.8%

1.7%

The locations shown reflect the contact addresses recorded and may not be the home address. ‘Other’ refers to non-UK contact addresses, or those not identifiable, but does not include Gurkhas.

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