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The Royal Navy runs several schemes to provide opportunities for the promotion of RN and RM Other Ranks to commissioned ranks. These personnel compete along side non-service candidates and must pass selection by the Admiralty Interview Board. The schemes are: Upper Yardmen and Royal Marine Corps Commissions to provide opportunities for promotion to commissioned ranks open to those aged under 26; and RN Senior Upper Yardman and RM Senior Corps Commission open to those over the age of 26.
The Army commissions soldiers from the ranks, selecting those judged to have sufficient leadership potential, to attend the standard commissioning course. Both direct entry (DE) and soldier commission candidates are assessed and then selected at the Army Officer Selection Board, Westbury thereby assuring a level method of selection and quality.
For those who are not selected for a direct entry commission from the ranks, then after nine years service (from age 21), and having attained the rank of sergeant, all soldiers are eligible to apply for a late entry (LE) commission up to 44 years of age (waivers can be applied for older applicants).
Over the last decade, the Army has adjusted its balance from 25 per cent. LE/75 per cent. DE to 33 per cent. LE/67 per cent. DE as greater demand for LE officers has emerged. LE officers do have differing terms of service from DE officers, principally to accelerate their promotion given their average commissioning age of 40. They are widely employed and compete up to the rank of Lt Col with DE officers for appointments.
Serving personnel in the rank of senior aircraftsman(1) and above are eligible to apply for the ICS. Leading aircraftsmen and below who wish to be considered for commissioning must meet the appropriate eligibility criteria for direct entrants including the required qualifications (for example, non-commissioned aircrew must have completed a three-year tour of duty at the time of entry into the initial officer training centre).
Warrant officers and master air crew commissioned under the CWO Scheme do not attend full officer training and are appointed in the rank of flight lieutenant with no additional seniority. All other serving personnel are appointed in the rank of flying officer with additional seniority determined by the substantive rank held, including normal paid acting rank, on commissioning.
(1) This rank includes women.
Mr. Hutton: We are working in partnership with the Pakistani Frontier Corps and Americans under the Security Development Plan to help Pakistan address the security challenges of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. I am withholding further information for security reasons.
Nick Harvey: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 26 March 2009, Official Report, columns 563-64W, on armed forces: housing, how many service family accommodation units are maintained by Modern Housing Solutions in each (a) region and (b) area. 
|MHS Region||Area||Number of SFA|
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Mr. Hutton: We want our people, military and civilian, to talk and write about what they do so that the roles and achievements of the armed forces and MOD can be better understood. However, in order to ensure that national and operational security is upheld, and that standards of political impartiality and public accountability are met, serving members of the armed forces must seek prior authorisation before talking to the media.
Mr. Kevan Jones: Since July 2007 the Defence Analytical Services and Advice (DASA) organisation has reported on the psychiatric morbidity of the UK armed forces. The annual summary report for 2007 has recently been published, and this includes the breakdown of new attendances in 2007 including both in and out-patient mental health facilities by age group. This information is provided in the table.
|New in-patient attendances at external contractor facilities in 2007||New out-patient attendances at MOD departments of community mental health in 2007|
|Age||Total armed forces strength||Number of patients assessed with a mental disorder||Percentage of total strength||Number of patients assessed with a mental disorder||Percentage of total strength|
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