Ministerial role

Minister of State for the Armed Forces


The minister is responsible for the armed forces, including: operations, operational policy, operational legal matters, force generation and service personnel policy.

Priority areas:

  • operations
  • force generation
  • operational legal issues, including ‘lawfare’
  • strategic personnel policy, including the New Employment Model, and diversity and inclusion

Other responsibilities include:

  • cyber
  • Permanent Joint Operating Bases and Overseas Territories
  • Northern Ireland
  • defence relations with Africa and Latin America

Previous holders of this role

  1. Penny Mordaunt MP

    • 2015 to 2016
  2. The Rt Hon Mark Francois MP

    • 2013 to 2015
  3. The Rt Hon Andrew Robathan

    • 2012 to 2013
  4. Sir Nick Harvey

    • 2010 to 2012


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