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Armed Forces: Children

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 13th September 2016.

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Photo of Anne-Marie Trevelyan Anne-Marie Trevelyan Conservative, Berwick-upon-Tweed

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many serving members of the armed forces have dependent children.

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

As at 1 July 2016, there were 185,310 serving members of the Armed Forces with 57,590 dependent children.

Individual Service personnel self-declare the number of children they have on the Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) database. For the purposes of this question, a dependent child is defined as any child under the age of 18, as recorded on JPA. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10. Numbers ending in 5 are rounded to the nearest 20 to avoid systematic bias.

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