GILES QUESTIONS MINISTERS ON THE RECRUITMENT AND RETENTION OF SERVICE PERSONNEL

Giles Watling, MP for Clacton, has Ministers from the Ministry of Defence (MoD) on what the department is doing to recruit and retain service personnel. This took place at MoD Questions on 21st October 2019, the transcript of which is below:

Giles Watling MP:

“What steps his Department is taking to recruit and retain service personnel.”

Rt Hon Mark Lancaster MP (Minister for the Armed Forces):

“We remain committed to maintaining the overall size of the armed forces, and we have a range of measures under way to improve recruitment and retention. Those measures are kept under constant review. Importantly, the services continue to meet all their current operational commitments, keeping the country and its interests safe.”

Giles Watling MP:

“For the past two years, I have been honoured to be part of the wonderful armed forces parliamentary scheme. I graduated only last week. I have visited all three services, which are engaging people with amazing work to keep the peace and keep us safe. Overwhelmingly, they get great satisfaction and lead interesting lives, but I was shocked to hear that some universities are resistant to those terrific people visiting and advertising that unique career path to students. I should like to ask my right hon. Friend what more can be done to get our young people to engage with an armed forces career?”

Rt Hon Mark Lancaster MP (Minister for the Armed Forces):

“I am grateful for my hon. Friend’s comments about the Armed Forces Parliamentary Trust. Indeed, that is a scheme from which many hon. and right hon. Members have benefited. When it comes to young people, we are the largest provider of apprenticeships in the UK, and when it comes to encouraging university students to join, we have a bursary scheme, as well as have an undergraduate scheme. There is also the university officer training corps, the university air squadrons and university Royal Navy units, in which undergraduates can participate.”

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