Armed Forces: Recruitment

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 4th June 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Crabb Stephen Crabb Conservative, Preseli Pembrokeshire

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 2 April 2019 to Question 239921 on Armed Forces: Recruitment, when he plans to write to the hon. Member for Preseli Pembrokeshire with the information on the number of recruitment applications declined on medical grounds.

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

I apologise to the hon. Member for the time taken to respond to his Question 239921.

The table below shows how many recruitment applications for the Regular Armed Forces were declined after being classified Permanently Medically Unfit in the last five financial years.

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

14,729

16,937

20,573

22,516

23,043

These figures are single service estimates and are not official statistics produced by Defence Statistics.

Although the medical rejection figures have risen each year, the amount of applications over the five-year period has also increased significantly.

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