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Aldershot The Top Constituency For Army Recruitment

Two hundred and forty recruits across the Regular and Reserve were from Aldershot.

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The constituency of Aldershot tops the list for the number of people recruited into the Army Regular and Reserve.

Figures released by the government show that between April 2013 and April 2018, a total of 51,195 people joined the Army, of whom 37,065 were regulars and 14,135 were reservists or individuals on Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS) contracts who were previously Army Reservists.

Two hundred and forty of those recruits came from Aldershot, the town which is the self-proclaimed 'Home of the British Army'.

In joint second place are the constituencies of Richmond (Yorks) and Hereford and South Herefordshire from where 225 signed up.

In third place is Lancaster and Fleetwood where 200 joined up.

All constituencies in the top 11 for numbers recruited were in England: 

1. Aldershot (Con): 240

2= Hereford and South Herefordshire (Con) & Richmond (Yorks) (Con): 225

4. Lancaster and Fleetwood (Lab): 200

5. Salisbury (Con): 180

6. Sleaford and North Hykeham (Con): 175

7. Wigan (Lab) & Kingston upon Hull East (Lab): 165

8=Darlington (Lab), Blackpool South (Lab) & Stockton North (Lab): 160

In Scotland the constituencies with the highest number of recruits was Edinburgh North and Leith with 125 men and women signing up, followed by Edinburgh South West with 110. Both constituencies are currently held by the Scottish National Party.

In Wales, the top seat was Cardiff South and Penarth from which 115 people signed up.

In second place is the Vale of Clwyd from which 110 signed up. Both seats are held by the Labour Party.

Army recruitment centre
An Army recruitment centre (PA Images).

In total 1,265 people signed up from Northern Ireland’s 18 Parliamentary constituencies a breakdown of the number of recruits by constituency is unavailable.

The constituencies with the lowest number of recruits were Harrow East and Barking in London where only five signed up.