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Armed Forces: Recruitment

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 214165, tabled on 10 November 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what steps his Department is taking to recruit more women and ethnic minorities to the armed forces.

Answered on

20 November 2014

The Ministry Of Defence is committed to creating a diverse workforce which better represents the society that we defend. The Armed Forces recruitment campaigns are specifically designed to appeal to a full target audience, including women and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities.

In addition to those recruitment campaigns, we recently established the Defence Diversity and Inclusion Programme to increase the diversity of the workforce, both military and civilian. We are currently devising the means by which our goals will be achieved. A key element of that programme relates specifically to recruitment.