HC Deb 26 January 1999 vol 324 c165W
Mr. Berry

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many of those currently serving in the armed forces joined when under 18 years of age. [66221]

Mr. Doug Henderson

The numbers of those serving in the Armed Forces at 1 December 1998 who joined when they were under 18 years of age is as follows:

Total Officers Other Ranks
Total 83,490 12,560 80,930
Naval Service 18,861 1226 18,635
Army 46,608 2,247 44,361
Royal Air Force 18,021 187 17,934
1 The Naval Service and Royal Air Force figures exclude those Officers who have previously been promoted from the ranks as the relevant data is not held centrally.