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Armed Forces: Recruitment

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN HL8586, tabled on 29 September 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what is the average waiting time for people who pass the recruitment process for the British Armed Forces before they receive a job offer.

Answered on

1 October 2020

Each Service collates this information in different ways and so the figures are not comparable.

Naval Service (Royal Navy and Royal Marines)

During Recruiting Year (RY) 2019-20, the average (mean) time between a recruiter bidding for a candidate to get an entry date and the allocation of an entry date was 22 days as a total average for Officers and Ratings/Other Ranks.


The average (median) time between the successful completion of an assessment centre and being allocated a training start date during the 2019-20 RY, (1 April 2019 – 31 March 2020) for Other Ranks was 51 days. This is not collated for Officers.

Royal Air Force (RAF)

During Financial Year 2019-20, the average (median) wait time for Officer and Other Ranks candidates who completed the RAF recruiting process to receive a job offer was between two and three working days.