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Army: Recruitment

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 213312, tabled on 28 January 2019

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the pass rate was for each cohort of recruits to the army in each of the last five years.

Answered on

5 February 2019

The pass rate for recruits into the Army’s trained strength for the last five years is set out in the tables below.

The definition of trained personnel was changed in October 2016 to reflect the ability for personnel who have completed basic training to be utilised in response to crises within the UK. Prior to this information was only held centrally by the Department in relation to recruits completing trade training.

2017-18 figures will include a significant number of personnel still progressing through either basic or trade training and therefore pass rates will continue to increase. In earlier years some individuals can take longer to proceed through the pipeline due to differing lengths of trade training and personal/medical reasons and are therefore shown as still in training.

The Army also has an intake of recruits every year who have already passed elements of training during previous Service; as such, the below intake does not fully reflect the total intake into the Army each year.

Table 1: Pass Rates for Regular Officers, FY 2013-14 to 2017-18

Year of Intake

Untrained Intake

Completed Officer Cadet Training (Sandhurst)

Completed Young Officer Training

Still in Training

Passes

Rate

Passes

Rate

2013-14

510

480

94%

-

2014-15

470

420

90%

-

2015-16

520

470

90%

10

2016-17

590

470

79%

60

2017-18 (to date)

580

340

58%

90

16%

210 (2017-18 figure refers to Officer Cadet Training).

Table 2: Pass Rates for Other Ranks, FY 2013-14 to 2017-18

Year of Intake

Untrained Intake

Completed Basic Training

Completed Trade Training

Still in Training

Passes

Rate

Passes

Rate

2013-14

6,250

4,710

75%

-

2014-15

7,350

5,290

72%

10

2015-16

7,550

5,450

72%

50

2016-17

6,980

4,960

71%

360

2017-18 (to date)

5,990

4,450

74%

2,160

36%

530 (2017-18 figure Refers to Basic training).

Source: Defence Statistics(Army)

Notes:

The figures are for the Regular Army only and therefore exclude Gurkhas and Army Reserves. Professionally Qualified Officers have been excluded. Officer figures are those new to the Regular Army, and exclude Soldiers transfers.

Personnel who have not yet passed training, but are still in the Army are included in the Still Untrained column. For 2017-18, Still Untrained refers to personnel who are still in Basic Training.