Army: Recruitment

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 19th April 2017.

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Photo of Brendan O'Hara Brendan O'Hara Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of enlisted army recruits aged (a) under and (b) over 18-years old have a background in the care system.

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

During the recruiting year 2016-17, approximately one per cent of under 18 year-olds who enlisted to the Army were subject to a Care Order.

For over 18s, from the information held centrally, no enlistees declared that they had been subject to a Care Order*. Thirteen per cent chose not to declare this information.

*For over 18s, information was available for 89% of enlistees.

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