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Army Recruitment

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of those who applied to join the Army in 2005 were subsequently refused entry on medical grounds. (94300)

The number of medical rejections for those who applied to join the Army in financial year 2005-06 were as follows:

Applications

Medical rejection

Percentage

Officers

1,910

140

7.3

Soldiers

35,020

1,910

5.5

All figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. Statistics are only available by financial year not calendar year.

Some of these medical rejections will be deferrals and candidates may well re-apply at a future date.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) production and (b) logistics costs of the 2006 Forward as One Army recruitment commercials were; and where and when they were filmed. (94829)

The 2006 Forward as One Army recruitment commercials were filmed in Chile during November 2005 and formed part of the infantry multi- media recruiting campaign that ran from January to March 2006. Total cost for the 2006 Forward as One Army commercials was £1.24 million, excluding VAT, of which £1.195 million was production and £45,000 logistics costs.