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Afghanistan: Army

Volume 458: debated on Thursday 15 March 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what recent estimate he has made of retention rates among the Afghan national army. (127156)

Since 2001, the Afghan national army (ANA) training programme under a US lead has trained approximately 32,000 soldiers. Members of the ANA are required to re-enlist after an initial three-year contract and to date approximately 42 per cent. of personnel have re-enlisted at the three-year point. The US-led training mission has already identified measures designed to improve the level of re-enlistment, including asking NATO to deliver more mentoring teams to partner the ANA, and is establishing plans to implement a more sustainable force generation cycle.