Reserve Forces: Disability and Sick Leave

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 29 November 2023.

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Photo of Sarah Atherton Sarah Atherton Conservative, Wrexham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many and what proportion of reservists are unable to work due to (a) disability and (b) illness as of 24 November 2023.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

This information is not held in the specific detail requested.

The status of reserves by medical standard and reserve type as documented on JPA as at 24 November 2023 is detailed in the below table:

Assignment Type

MFD

MLD

MND

No records

Total

Called out Reservist

733

88

20

-

841

Full Time Reservist

3,781

1,470

469

-

5,720

High Readiness Reserve

54

6

-

-

60

Sponsored Reserve

6

1

-

-

7

Volunteer Reserve

27,038

3,051

2,348

-

32,437

Grand Total of Reservists with Medical Standards

31,612

4,616

2,837

-

39,065

Reservist Without Medical Standards (new joiners etc)

-

-

-

-

3,548

Grand total of Reservists

31,612

4,616

2,837

3,548

42,613

MFD – Medically Fully Deployable

MLD – Medically Limited Deployability

MND – Medically Non-Deployable.

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