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star this property registered interest false more like this
star this property date less than 2019-02-04more like thismore than 2019-02-04
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Armed Forces: Health more like this
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, with reference to the article in the Express entitled A fifth of British troops are too unfit to fight warns former Armed Forces chief, published on 25 February 2018, whether a fifth of soldiers are unfit for overseas action; and what work his Department is doing to ensure soldiers are fit for action. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Romford more like this
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Andrew Rosindell remove filter
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star this property date of answer less than 2019-02-12more like thismore than 2019-02-12
unstar this property answer text <p>It is not true that a fifth of Armed Forces personnel are too unfit to fight. Approximately 80% of UK Armed Forces personnel are Medically Fully Deployable, however 90% could deploy with some personnel subject to a medical risk assessment; 98% of UK Armed Forces personnel are currently employable within the Ministry of Defence (MOD).</p><p>Service personnel can be non-deployable for various reasons which include failing a fitness test, but also those identified as being Wounded, Injured and Sick (WIS) which provides access to the Defence Recovery Capability, enabling an effective return to duty or transition to a properly supported and appropriately skilled civilian life.</p><p>The military has programmes that provide long-term support and change behaviour strategies to address poor lifestyle choices and weight management issues. If personnel fail a fitness test, they are put on a targeted programme to help them back to the required levels. The MOD has trialled the Defence Occupational Fitness Programme (DOFit) which provides evidence-based courses, supported by Public Health England, aimed at helping individuals return to optimal fitness. These can be employed post-injury, or in the event of someone not being able to complete the fitness test to a satisfactory standard. Following completion of the DOFit trial the programme has been implemented by the Royal Navy and the Army.</p>
star this property answering member constituency Bournemouth East remove filter
star this property answering member printed Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Tobias Ellwood more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Andrew Rosindell more like this