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Armed Forces: Recruitment

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 5th February 2020.

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Photo of Toby Perkins Toby Perkins Labour, Chesterfield

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many of the people recruited by the (a) British Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force in 2019 resided in (i) Chesterfield constituency, (ii) Derbyshire and (iii) the East Midlands.

Photo of Anne-Marie Trevelyan Anne-Marie Trevelyan Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)

The requested information is provided in the table below:

Intake to the Untrained Regular Armed Forces from Chesterfield, Derbyshire and the East Midlands, 1 April 2018 - 31 March 2019

Enlistment Location

Royal Navy/Royal Marines (RN/RM)

British Army

Royal Air Force (RAF)









East Midlands





  1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10 in line with disclosure control policy. Figures ending in 5 are rounded to the nearest 20 to avoid bias, 5 or fewer is represented by '~'.
  2. For the RN/RM and RAF, Parliamentary Constituency, County and Region have been identified from known full contact postcodes as recorded in the Defence Recruitment System (DRS).
  3. For the Army, Local Authority has been derived using the Postcode District only, not the full postcode. Due to this, there could be instances where a Postcode District covers more than one Local Authority.
  4. The figures for Chesterfield are a subset of those for Derbyshire, which are in turn a subset of the figures provided for the East Midlands.
  5. There are around 600 Army personnel, 800 Royal Navy and Royal Marine personnel and 40 Royal Air Force personnel who did not have a postcode on entry and some of these may come from the Chesterfield, Derbyshire or the East Midlands region.

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