Commonwealth: Armed Forces

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 16th May 2022.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the (a) British Army, (b) Royal Air Force, and (c) Royal Navy will (i) recruit or (ii) accept applications from Commonwealth candidates this year.

Photo of Leo Docherty Leo Docherty Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)

All three Services are continuing to recruit personnel from the Commonwealth who meet the necessary criteria. However, due to the numbers of applications already in the recruiting pipelines, no new applications are currently being accepted while those are processed. If new applications can be accepted in the future, candidates will be informed either through messaging on the Army and Royal Air Force recruiting websites or from Royal Navy recruiters. It is not possible at this point however to state when new applications might be accepted.

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