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Defence Equipment

Volume 479: debated on Thursday 17 July 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average cost of equipping an individual serviceman or woman is with (a) basic, (b) specialist and (c) personal kit. (218498)

The approximate cost of basic uniform issued to service personnel during their recruitment stage is shown as follows:

£

Army

RAF

RN

Officers

900

11,100

21,700

Other ranks

760

31,200

470

1 Includes mess dress.

2 Includes tropical clothing.

3 Includes RAF Blues.

There are hundreds of specialist trades across the three services and well over 1,000 items of specialist equipment. It is therefore not possible to provide an average cost of specialist kit. The cost of the personal kit issued to all those deploying on operations, which includes enhanced combat body armour and Mk6a helmet, is approximately £2,500.