To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Afghan graduates of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst were evacuated under Op Pitting and now reside in the UK; and what proportion of these were accompanied by family members or dependants.
23 March 2022
The Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) is proud of its illustrious history of training Officer Cadets (OCdts) from Afghanistan, with 74 having attended between 1975 and August 2021.
All eligible Afghans who attended RMAS were granted sponsorship under Operation PITTING, including those who did not complete the Commissioning Course and those who commenced training after August 2021. However, due to the volume and complexity of relocation applications, it is not currently possible to confirm how many of the OCdts or their dependants were evacuated and are now residing in the UK.
The Defence Afghan Relocation and Resettlement team continue to work closely with RMAS to provide support to all eligible Afghan OCdts who are entitled to relocate to the UK.