Dear Ministry of Defence,
13 February 2010
Dear Sir or Madam,
This is a Freedom of Information request. How many soldiers from the Commonwealth are currently serving in the British Army.
What percentage of the current British Army is made up of Commonwealth soldiers.
Is the active recruitment of Commonwealth soldiers still in force?
Dear Mr Laing
1. Your e-mail of 13 February has been considered to be a Request for
Information in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. You
asked the following questions:
a. How many soldiers from the Commonwealth are currently serving in the
b. What percentage of the current British Army is made up of Commonwealth
c. Is active recruitment of Commonwealth soldiers still in force?
2. The information that you request at a. and b. is already published by
the Ministry of Defence and may be found at http://www.dasa.mod.uk
under UK Defence Statistics 2009, Chapter 2, Table 2.14.
3. With regard to your question at c., citizens of Commonwealth countries
are eligible to apply to join the British Army and have to meet the same
entry requirements as their UK counterparts (e.g. age, qualifications and
4. If you are not satisfied with this response or you wish to complain
about any aspect of the handling of your request, then you should contact
me in the first instance. If informal resolution is not possible and you
are still dissatisfied then you may apply for an independent internal
review by contacting the Head of Corporate Information, 6th Floor, MOD
Main Building, Whitehall, SW1A 2HB (e-mail [email address]). Please
note that any request for an internal review must be made within 40
working days of the date on which the attempt to reach informal resolution
has come to an end.
5. If you remain dissatisfied following an internal review, you may take
your complaint to the Information Commissioner under the provisions of
Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act. Please note that the
Information Commissioner will not investigate your case until the MOD
internal review process has been completed. Further details of the role
and powers of the Information Commissioner can be found on the
Commissioner's website, http://www.ico.gov.uk.
J P Sanderson
HQ Land Forces Secretariat