Armed Forces: Recruitment

(asked on 21st October 2020) - View Source

Question to the Ministry of Defence:

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether the existing syllabus for new recruits to the armed forces currently includes training on gambling related harm.


Answered by
Baroness Goldie Portrait
Baroness Goldie
Minister of State (Ministry of Defence)
This question was answered on 3rd November 2020

New recruits to the Armed Forces receive comprehensive briefing on the importance of financial security and the values and standards expected of them, during which the issue of gambling is raised. They are also signposted to the full range of support and assistance available for welfare matters, including gambling. New officers are trained how to identify and support those under their command who are experiencing financial difficulties, including those caused by gambling.

There are no plans to enact legislation similar to that of the United States' Gambling Addiction Prevention Act 2019. Polices and initiatives already in operation by the Department and Armed Forces closely mirror the requirements and obligations stipulated by said Act and have similar effect.

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