Armed Forces: Recruitment:Written question - HL4641

Q
Asked by Lord Touhig
Asked on: 12 January 2017
Ministry of Defence
Armed Forces: Recruitment
Lords
To ask Her Majesty’s Government how they intend to increase recruitment to the Armed Forces to the levels set out in the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015.
A
Answered by: Earl Howe
Answered on: 20 January 2017

The Armed Forces, both Regular and Reserve, are currently recruiting through active and targeted campaigns such as 'Made in the Royal Navy' (Navy), 'A Better You' and 'With Heart. With Mind' (Army) and 'No Ordinary Job' (RAF), and seeking to increase engagement and activity in communities which have historically been under-represented in the Armed Forces. However, a national skills shortage and a strong growing economy mean that we cannot take future recruitment for granted. In response we have in place a number of short and long-term plans to ensure that the offer of military service in the Armed Forces continues to be competitive, so that we can recruit and retain in sufficient quantity to meet the strength targets set out in the Strategic Defence and Security Review 2015.

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