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Armed Forces: Young People

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 214739, tabled on 17 November 2014

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many service personnel under the age of 18 have been sent to a combat zone in each year since 2010; and if he will make a statement.

This answer is the replacement for a previous holding answer.

Answered on

27 November 2014

One Serviceman under the age of 18 was deployed to Afghanistan in January 2010, for a period of approximately three months. Ministry of Defence records indicate the likelihood that another Serviceman under the age of 18 was deployed to Afghanistan in early 2010, but that, in this event, he was removed from theatre immediately upon his arrival.

Due to the actions that were identified and acted upon to ensure such mistakes were not repeated, there have been no such deployments since 2011.