Army: Training

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 27th April 2016.

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Photo of Lord Touhig Lord Touhig Opposition Whip (Lords), Shadow Spokesperson (Defence)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many soldiers who enlisted (1) aged under 18 years, and (2) aged 18 years or above, left the army before completing their Phase Two training in each financial year since 2007–08.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

Personnel may leave the Army for a number of reasons, including medical and fitness factors, disciplinary reasons, or voluntary withdrawal. Those who enlist under 18 years of age have a statutory right to discharge from the Armed Forces within six months if they feel they are unsuited to Service life.

The number of personnel who left the Army before completing Phase Two training, broken down by over and under 18 years, is shown in the following table:

Intake Year

Age On Intake

Financial Year

Under 18

18+

2007-08

1,790

2,320

2008-09

1,550

2,210

2009-10

1,370

2,480

2010-11

770

1,410

2011-12

990

1,960

2012-13

630

1,640

2013-14

510

970

2014-15

460

1,270

Source: Defence Statistics (Army)

Notes/Caveats:

The figures are for Regular Army only and therefore exclude Gurkhas, Full Time Reserve Service and Mobilised Reserves.

Some soldiers joined more than once and may have left more than once over the period 1st April 2007 to 31st March 2015. These cases have been counted each time they joined.

Figures have been rounded to 10 to limit disclosure and ensure confidentiality; numbers ending in "5" have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.

Totals and sub-totals have been rounded separately and so may not appear to be the sum of their parts

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