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Army: Training

Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average waiting time for an Army infantry recruit to enter basic training after passing initial entry assessments and requirements was in the latest period for which figures are available. (288199)

Over the period 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2009, the average waiting time between an applicant obtaining a pass at an Army development and selection centre and commencing infantry training was 79 days.

Having obtained a pass at a selection centre, a commencement date is mutually agreed by the individual and their recruiting staff, and is tailored to the Army’s and the individual’s circumstances.