Armed Forces: Training

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 soldiers who enlist under 18-years old arrive to train without Level (a) 1 and (b) 2 qualifications in both English and mathematics.

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

Qualification statistics for candidates who entered the Army Foundation College, Harrogate (AFC(H)) in September 2016 are shown below:

Entered without



Level 2 (A*-C)

71 %

79 %

Level 1 (D-G)

49 %

67 %

All under 18 enlistees attend AFC(H), except a very small number who will turn 18 before completion of Phase 1 training.

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