Army: Young People

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 15th November 2018.

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Photo of Liz Saville-Roberts Liz Saville-Roberts Shadow PC Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Women and Equalities) , Plaid Cymru Westminster Leader, Shadow PC Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of people under 18 years of age that applied to join the army in financial year 2013-14; and how many of those people have since started army training.

Photo of Liz Saville-Roberts Liz Saville-Roberts Shadow PC Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Women and Equalities) , Plaid Cymru Westminster Leader, Shadow PC Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of people under 18 years of age that applied to join the army in the financial year 2014-15; and how many of those people have since started army training.

Photo of Liz Saville-Roberts Liz Saville-Roberts Shadow PC Spokesperson (Home Affairs), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Women and Equalities) , Plaid Cymru Westminster Leader, Shadow PC Spokesperson (Justice), Shadow PC Spokesperson (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what estimate he has made of the number of people under 18 years of age that applied to join the army in the financial year 2016-17; and how many of those people have since started army training.

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

The number of people under 18 years old who applied to join the Army in financial years 2014-15, 2016-17 and 2017-18 and who have since started basic training before 1 October 2018 are detailed in the table below.

Financial Year

U18 Applications

Of which started basic training

2013-2014

14,050

2,790

2014-2015

17,120

3,000

2016-2017

20,370

2,350

Figures are for Regular soldiers who were under the age of 18 at the time of their application. Some will have turned 18 before starting basic training.

Some of the applicants above will still be in the process of joining the Army.

Please note that these figures are single Service estimates and are not official statistics produced by Defence Statistics. They have been rounded to the nearest 10.

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