Ministerial role

Minister of State for the Armed Forces


The minister is responsible for armed forces activity including operations, operational legal matters, force generation and international defence engagement including:

  • operations and operational legal policy
  • force generation (including exercises)
  • manning, recruitment and retention of regulars
  • cyber
  • Permanent Joint Operating Bases
  • Northern Ireland
  • international defence engagement
  • Africa and Latin America
  • operational public inquiries, inquests, safety and security

Previous holders of this role

  1. The Rt Hon Mike Penning MP

    • 2016 to 2017
  2. Penny Mordaunt MP

    • 2015 to 2016
  3. The Rt Hon Mark Francois

    • 2013 to 2015
  4. The Rt Hon Andrew Robathan

    • 2012 to 2013
  5. Sir Nick Harvey

    • 2010 to 2012


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