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Armed Forces: Recruitment

Question for Ministry of Defence

UIN 166453, tabled on 10 March 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the drop-out rates were for applicants to the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force in the most recent period for which figures are available.

Answered on

15 March 2021

Responses from the single Services are as follows:

Naval Service

Application Year

Applications

% Withdrawn

% Rejected

% Entered Service

% of applications still Active

2019-20

28,420

50.3%

29.2%

10.2%

10.3%

Army

Recruiting Year 2019-20

Stream

Total Applications

Total Withdrawn

Withdrawn – Non Productive Enquiry

Withdrawn - Other

Basic Training Started

Regular Officer

10,113

6,051

3,673

2,378

701

Regular Other Rank

89,114

53,320

38,419

14,901

8,905

Royal Air Force

Recruiting Year 2019-20

Career Type

All Applications

Intake

Withdrawn

Rejected

% Entered Service

Regular Officer/SNCO

11,229

416

5,356

5,457

3.7%

Regular Other Rank

19,185

1,875

9,704

7,606

9.7%

Note:

The figures include applications processed via the Defence Recruiting System and all completed applications prior to initial eligibility vetting but do not include in-progress applications. Candidates who have been rejected or withdrawn their applications can reapply.

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