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Ministry of Defence

About us

We protect the security, independence and interests of our country at home and abroad. We work with our allies and partners whenever possible. Our aim is to ensure that the armed forces have the training, equipment and support necessary for their work, and that we keep within budget.


We have 7 military tasks:

  • defending the UK and its overseas territories
  • providing strategic intelligence
  • providing nuclear deterrence
  • supporting civil emergency organisations in times of crisis
  • defending our interests by projecting power strategically and through expeditionary interventions
  • providing a defence contribution to UK influence
  • providing security for stabilisation


Our priorities 2015 to 2020 are to:

  • protect our people
  • project our global influence
  • promote our prosperity
  • maintain a strategic base and integrated global support network, and manage the Department of State

Who we are

The Ministry of Defence has permanent and casual civilian personnel, including Royal Fleet Auxiliaries, Trading Funds and locally engaged civilians .

The UK regular forces comprise full time trained and untrained personnel in the:

  • Royal Navy
  • British Army
  • Royal Air Force

Diversity and inclusion

The Ministry of Defence is committed to recruiting and retaining the best possible people from across the country, regardless of background, gender, ethnicity, working pattern, caring responsibilities, sexual orientation or, for Civil Servants, whether they are disabled.

This is not only morally the right thing to do, but is fundamental to the operational effectiveness of defence.

We are striving to be an employer of choice through recognising, encouraging and celebrating diversity, and ensuring everyone in defence plays their part in promoting an inclusive working environment and respecting and valuing the unique contribution of each individual.

Our work to become a more diverse and inclusive organisation is being driven by the Defence Diversity and Inclusion Programme which was established in 2013 and covers both civilian and military employees.

As a part of this programme we are working to meet the government’s aspiration for 10% of new recruits into the armed forces to be from BAME communities by 2020. Additionally we are striving to meet a target of 15% of new recruits into the armed forces to be female by 2020.

While recruitment is an important element of our work, the wider Defence Diversity and Inclusion Programme takes a much broader view of diversity and inclusion and is driving real change by embedding diversity and inclusion within our leadership and culture and taking steps to increase the retention and progression of people from under represented groups. This all encompassing approach to diversity and inclusion is essential if the department is to retain the high quality people that we recruit.

Read more about equality and diversity in the Royal Navy and the British Army.

Affiliations and partnerships

The MOD is a member of the following organisations:

  • Stonewall
  • Race for Opportunity
  • Opportunity Now
  • Employers Forum on Disability
  • And affiliated to a:gender

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