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Military Bases: Security

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 226715, tabled on 9 March 2015

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether it is his policy to post armed forces personnel below the age of 18 on armed guard duty at military establishments.

Answered on

16 March 2015

Service personnel must be past their 17th birthday and appropriately trained before being employed on armed guarding duties. Where Service personnel (whether trainees, irrespective of their age, or those in productive service under the age of 18) are used as armed guards, an assessment of the risk involved is always undertaken.

Recruits in Phase 1 training are never used as armed guards.