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Are Members of EU Militaries Invited to Apply for the British Armed Forces?

    • All candidates for entry into the Armed Forces must:
      • Be British from birth;
      • Hold dual British/other nationality; or
      • Be a:
        • British National (approximately 66 million).
        • Citizen of the Irish Republic (approximately 4.7 million people), or
        • A Commonwealth citizen (composed of 53 members states of approximately 2.4 billion people).
        • The EU is composed of 28 members states of approximately 512 million people (this includes the UK).
    • For some specialisations, such as the Submarine service, candidates must hold British nationality only.
    • The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has not sent any invitations to members of EU militaries to join the UK armed forces and they have no plan to recruit non-UK EU nationals into the armed forces.
    • This policy was reviewed and unanimously agreed by the Services in 2015.
    • Although no non-UK EU military personnel have been invited to join the UK armed forces, they could technically join subject to the above criteria.

Reference

FOI request dated 11 March 2016.

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