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Armed Forces: Recruitment

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 46145, tabled on 12 May 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent discussions has he had with senior representatives of Capita on a strategy for reintroducing face to face recruitment for the armed forces after the covid-19 outbreak.

Answered on

18 May 2020

As part of the Recruiting Partnering Project contract the Army has with Capita, plans to restart face to face recruitment are progressing, with Assessment Centres due to open again in June. Recruitment processes are being reviewed and improved to incorporate lessons learned from recent virtual operations including compliance with Public Health England guidance.

Until then, candidates applying to join the Army can continue to progress much of their application online, with virtual support provided by both military and Capita recruiters.

Encouragingly, the number of Regular soldier applications to join the Army were at their highest in six years for the month of March.

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