The Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme

Amanda Milling, Member of Parliament for Cannock Chase, has joined the Armed Forces Parliamentary Scheme, a programme designed to give Members of Parliament a greater understanding of the Armed Forces.

The programme gives MPs direct experience of the British Armed Forces and aims to improve the quality of the debate on military issues in Parliament.

MPs complete 15 days of service in order to graduate from the scheme. It requires MPs to complete a range of activities including shadowing frontline personnel, visits to bases and military training.

The Cannock Chase MP recently attended introductory training at the UK Defence Academy in Shrivenham. The scheme will also see the MP observe forces on deployment and training.

Amanda Milling MP said: “I believe that given the sacrifice our armed forces make, it is important to understand as much as possible about our armed forces, its capabilities, and the men and women who serve our country. I have long been interested in military matters and this is an opportunity to learn more about our incredible armed forces and gain a much better understanding of work done by our brave men and women serving across the globe.”

MPs are given the choice of which service to join for the programme and specialise in: Army, RAF or Navy. The Cannock Chase MP is taking part in the Army scheme.