To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what disciplinary processes are in place for those honorary officers of the (a) armed or (b) cadet forces accused of criminal offences.
5 January 2022
Honorary appointments with the Armed Forces or the Cadet Forces are purely honorary representational roles only and those holding such appointments are not formally part of the Armed Forces or the Ministry of Defence (MOD). They are, therefore, not subject to Service Law nor to any MOD disciplinary processes.
Where an honorary member of the Armed Forces or Cadet Forces is accused of a criminal offence, it would fall to the relevant civilian authorities to investigate. In the event of a conviction, the MOD would review an honorary appointment to determine whether it was appropriate for that individual to retain their appointment.