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Armed Forces: Recruitment

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 29 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people who applied to join the armed services in 2006-07 were rejected because they did not meet fitness criteria. (200541)

The numbers of armed forces applicants in 2006-07 who were recorded as rejected before entering service because they were classified as permanently unfit were as follows:

Number

Naval service

312

Army

825

RAF

365

Total

1,502

The figures exclude those who were temporarily unfit at the point of application but whose fitness later improved.