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Recruitment

Volume 975: debated on Monday 10 December 1979

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the percentage of recruits rejected by the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force, respectively, during their first six months of training.

The following table shows the percentages of Service personnel recruited in the financial year 1977–78 who were discharged during their first six months of service, in the main while they were still under training:

Royal Navy2·6%
Royal Marines9·1%
Army5·1%
Royal Air Force2·4%
All Services4·3%
The corresponding figures for Service personnel recruited in the financial year 1978–79 are not yet available.