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Army: Conditions of Employment

Volume 481: debated on Thursday 23 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what representations he has received on the provisions of the Army Terms of Service (Amendment etc.) Regulations 2008, with reference to young people serving for four years beyond their 18th birthday; and if he will make a statement. (228571)

The Army Terms of Service (Amendment etc.) Regulations 2008 came into effect on 6 August 2008. The regulations brought the minimum commitment period for under 18 soldiers back into line with the provisions that existed prior to 1 January 2008, i.e. that they should serve for a minimum of four years from their 18th birthday.

The Department has received one enquiry from an independent researcher with an interest in armed forces recruitment questioning the rationale behind the regulations.