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Recruits (Medical Examination)

Volume 981: debated on Tuesday 18 March 1980

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many full Service medicals, paid for by the Army, are given to potential recruits; how many of these recruits are less than 15½ years old; what is the total cost and the cost per man of this medical programme; what percentage of potential recruits pass the medical; and, of those who are judged physically qualified to join the Army, what percentage actually join.

Only a small proportion of potential recruits are less than 15½ years old. In the 12 months up to 2 February 1980, 94 per cent. of potential adult and young soldier recruits, and 92 per cent. of potential junior soldier recruits passed the pre-Service medical examination. I regret that the other information requested is not available and could not be obtained without disproportionate cost.