Ministerial role

Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for the Armed Forces)

Organisations: Ministry of Defence


Responsible for armed forces activity including operations, operational legal matters, force generation and international defence engagement.

Responsibilities include:

  • operations and operational legal policy
  • Brexit no deal planning
  • force generation (including exercises)
  • military recruitment and retention policy (regulars and reserves)
  • cyber
  • Permanent Joint Operating bases
  • international defence engagement strategy
  • lead for defence engagement in Africa and Latin America
  • human security
  • operational public inquiries, inquests
  • youth and cadets
  • commemorations, ceremonial duties, medallic recognition and protocol policy and casework

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon James Heappey MP

    2020 to 2022

  2. The Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP

    2019 to 2020

  3. The Rt Hon Mark Lancaster TD

    2017 to 2019

  4. The Rt Hon Sir Mike Penning MP

    2016 to 2017

  5. The Rt Hon Penny Mordaunt MP

    2015 to 2016

  6. The Rt Hon Mark Francois MP

    2013 to 2015

  7. The Rt Hon Andrew Robathan

    2012 to 2013

  8. Sir Nick Harvey

    2010 to 2012