Ministry of Defence: Russian Language

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 20 February 2024.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Russian language specialists worked in his Department in each year since 2010.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Mandarin Chinese language specialists worked in his Department in each year since 2010.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Cantonese Chinese language specialists worked in his Department in each year since 2010.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Farsi language specialists worked in his Department in each year since 2010.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Arabic language specialists worked in his Department in each year since 2010.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Pashto and Dari language specialists worked in his Department in each year since 2010.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)

We have deemed language specialist to be a service person holding an in date formal MOD language assessment of Level 2 and above (even if not actively using the language day to day), and any civil servant (Burnham Lecturer) or military person employed in teaching languages to defence personnel on an ongoing permanent basis or supporting operations.

Detailed historical data on those personnel ‘in date’ before 2018 is unavailable, we only know the number of exams that were passed in the respective years going back to 2012. We have not included those for the purposes of this answer. The information available is in the following table:

Serial

Language

Numbers 'in date'

(Jan 24)

Numbers 'in date'

(Jan 23)

Numbers 'in date'

(Jan 22)

Numbers 'in date'

(Sep 21)

Numbers 'in date'

(Dec 19)

Numbers 'in date'

(Sep 18)

1

Russian

163

155

111

106

80

81

2

Arabic

99

117

121

132

187

196

3

Farsi

38

42

38

40

21

24

4

Mandarin

15

22

18

22

12

12

5

Cantonese

9

With Mandarin as Chinese to mid 23

Counted with Mandarin

Counted with Mandarin

Counted with Mandarin

Counted with Mandarin

6

Dari/Pashtu

5

16

5

8

9

13

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