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Armed Forces: Languages

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 27331, tabled on 19 February 2016

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many UK armed forces personnel in (a) the Army, (b) the RAF and (c) the Royal Navy are classed as level 3 or higher linguists in (i) Arabic, (ii) Polish, (iii) Russian, (iv) Ukrainian, (v) Estonian, (vi) German, (vii) French, (viii) Pashto, (ix) Dari, (x) Farsi and (xi) Spanish.

Answered on

24 February 2016

The numbers of personnel in the UK Armed Forces in the Army, the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy classed as level 3 or higher linguists in Arabic, Polish, Russian, Ukrainian, Estonian, German, French, Pashto, Dari, Farsi and Spanish is as follows:

Army

RAF

Navy

Total

Arabic

31

16

4

51

Polish

1

2

0

3

Russian

6

4

5

15

Ukrainian

0

0

0

0

Estonian

0

0

0

0

German

16

4

3

23

French

96

28

22

146

Pashto

48

42

8

98

Dari

30

4

8

42

Farsi

21

12

6

39

Spanish

21

11

15

47

Total

270

123

71

464

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