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Officers (Education)

Volume 301: debated on Wednesday 24 September 1997

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officers in each of the Armed Forces were educated in (a) state and (b) private schools. [17138]

The breakdown of the educational background of all presently serving officers in the Armed Forces is not readily available. However, figures are available regarding the educational background of those more recently joining the Armed Forces for direct entry officer training. The latest figures from the three officer training establishments show that 80 per cent. of those joining Britannia Royal Navy College in Dartmouth, 45 per cent. of those entering the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and 82 per cent. of those entering RAF Cranwell come from State schools.