The Five Most Common Reasons Why Applicants for the British Army are Turned Down

The five most common categories for rejection for each period are as follows (in decreasing order of frequency):

  • 2012-2013: Medical, Eligibility, Motivation/Commitment, Residency/Nationality and Delinquency/Crime.
  • 2013-2014: Medical, Eligibility, Residency/Nationality, Tattoo/Piercings and Motivation/Commitment.
  • 2014-2015 (to end of December): Medical, Eligibility, Residency/Nationality, Tattoo/Piercings and Motivation/Commitment.Training, Shelter Lesson


Scott, P. (2015) Information about Army Recruitment Centres. Available from World Wide Web: [Accessed: 28 March, 2015].


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