To ask Her Majesty's Government how many Commonwealth citizens are currently serving in the British armed forces; and in which services they serve.
To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to increase the number of Commonwealth citizens serving in the British armed forces.
There is a long tradition of Commonwealth citizens serving in the British Armed Forces, and we continue to value their service which provides an important contribution in defending the UK at home and abroad.
The table below shows the numbers of Commonwealth citizens serving in our Armed Forces as at 1 April 2018:
The 4,500 Commonwealth citizens in the Regular forces represent 3.4% of the Regular trained strength. The 210 Commonwealth citizens in the FR20 Reserves represent 0.7% of the FR20 Reserve trained strength.
We keep our recruitment policies under constant review, and should there be any future changes in relation to applications from the Commonwealth these will be made clear on the single Service websites.