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Army: Recruitment

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 11th June 2018.

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Photo of Wes Streeting Wes Streeting Labour, Ilford North

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the (a) longest, (b) shortest and (c) average time taken between sending in an online application and attestation for regular and reserve recruits to the British Army has been in each year since 2012.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The requested times taken between receipt of a processed application and enlistment (intake to Phase 1 training) for regular and reserve soldier applicants are shown in the table below.

Calendar Year

Regular Time in Days

Reserves Time in Days

Min

Average

Median

High

Min

Average

Median

High

2012

36

362

345

730

16

285

264

730

2013

42

379

368

730

20

311

284

730

2014

42

348

328

730

18

312

275

730

2015

52

334

314

730

20

259

232

730

2016

24

319

298

730

23

254

220

730

2017

45

309

294

730

20

272

243

730

An improvement plan is seeking to make further, more significant, reductions in the average/median time between application and enlistment.

Notes:

Figures are a single service estimates, they are not Official Statistics.

Attestation is not at a consistently set milestone for applicants within the recruitment pipeline and is therefore not held centrally in the format requested. Date of intake to Phase 1 training has been provided.

Figures do not include Officers.

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