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Armed Forces: Scotland

Volume 474: debated on Monday 31 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officer recruiters are operating in Scotland; how many personnel are detached from the Field Army for unofficial recruiting duties in Scotland; and how many recruits successfully passed (a) into and (b) out of training last year in Scotland. (196238)

There are currently 22 officer recruiters working in Scotland, and 122 Army personnel working in unestablished recruiting posts.

In 2006-07, 1,073 individuals, who had been recruited for the Army through an Armed Forces Careers or Army Careers Information Office in Scotland, commenced Phase 1 training or the combined Phase I/Phase 2 Infantry training at Catterick. In the same year 485 recruits completed basic training and 463 recruits completed the combined Phase I/Phase 2 Infantry training.

However there is no direct correlation between these inflow and outflow figures for some of those who completed their Phase 1 training or the combined Phase I/Phase 2 Infantry training in 2006-07 will have commenced their training in 2005-06 or earlier. Moreover some of those who enlisted in 2006-07 will not have completed their Phase 1 training or the combined Phase I/Phase 2 Infantry training within that year.