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Reasons for Candidates Disengaging from the Army Recruitment Pipeline (2013-2019)

The first table outlines the general reasons for candidates disengaging from the British Army's recruitment pipeline, whilst the second table outlines the top 5 reasons.

Applications 13/14 % 14/15 % 15/16 % 16/17 % 17/18 % 18/19 %
Withdrawn 76,640 66.2 76,300 60.3 72,380 57.4 116,210 60.7 71,190 60.4 54,680 58.9
Rejected 24,220 21.2 34,590 27.3 38,960 30.9 60,530 31.6 37,090 31.2 22,790 24.5
Continue 14,360 12.6 15,700 12.4 14,650 11.6 14,760 7.7 10,070 8.5 15,380 16.6
Total Apps 114,220 126,600 125,990 191,500 118,950 92,830

Withdrawn 13/14 14/15 15/16 16/17 17/18 18/19
Non-Productive Enquiry 22,500 37,650 36,510 63,530 40,730 36,050
Other - Refer to Journal 44,440 25,520 21,100 31,580 192,950 N/A
Family/Personal Reasons 780 1,800 2,730 4,920 5,370 9,170
Joining Other Service 1,060 3,000 3,200 5,670 3,790 Now Recorded in 'Other'
Other 6,870 8,330 8,850 10,510 8,960 9,460

Notes:

  1. This data has been provided from a single service source rather than official statistics produced by Defence Statistics.
  2. Recruiting years fall in line with Financial years (01 April to 31 March)
  3. Figures have been rounded to 10 for presentational purposes; numbers ending in "5" have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.
  4. Unrounded figures are used in the calculation of percentages.
  5. “Other - Refer to Journal” was a category that was in use before the current Recruitment system (DRS) was implemented in 2016 but was subsequently phased out.
    • Every candidate had a journal as part of their application record which was an area of free text where information could be recorded.

Reference

FOI 2020/03250/04/02 dated 06 April 2020.

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