Armed Forces: Private Education

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 24th October 2019.

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Photo of Stephanie Peacock Stephanie Peacock Labour, Barnsley East

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many serving military officers of each rank used the Continuity of Education Allowance for pay for UK-based school fees in the last 12 months for which data is available.

Photo of Johnny Mercer Johnny Mercer Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)

1,730 military officers claimed Continuity of Education Allowance for UK based schools during the period 1 October 2018 to 30 September 2019 inclusive.

The breakdown by rank is detailed below:

UK military and NATO equivalent officer ranks

No of Claimants

Sub Lieutenant (RN)/Lieutenant (A)/Flying Officer/OF1


Lieutenant (RN)/Captain (A)/Flight Lieutenant/OF2


Lieutenant Commander/Major/Squadron Leader/OF3


Commander/Lieutenant Colonel/Wing Commander/OF4


Captain (RN)/Colonel/Group Captain/OF5


Commodore/Brigadier/Air Commodore/OF6


Rear Admiral/Major General/Air Vice-Marshal/OF7


Vice Admiral/Lieutenant General/Air Marshal/OF8




In line with Defence Statistic Policy all figures have been rounded to the nearest 10, numbers ending in 5 have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to avoid systematic bias.

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