The British Armed Forces Quiz

By: Kate Kershner

The British Armed Forces Quiz
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About This Quiz

Test your (knowledge of) British military might by taking our British Armed Forces Quiz. Learn how the armed forces work in Merry Old England. Or, you know, Regular Modern Great Britain.
What branches make up the British Armed Forces (BAF)?
Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Royal Army and Royal Air Force
Slightly different from those in the United States Armed Forces.
Royal Navy and Royal Air Force
Royal Air Force, Royal Navy, Royal Army

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Her Majesty's Coast Guard operates under what branch?
Air Force
none
The British Coast Guard is not considered a part of the Armed Forces.
Navy

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Who is the Commander-In-Chief of the BAF?
the Prime Minister
the monarch
Queen Elizabeth II is currently in command.
the Parliament

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Who is the head of the Armed Forces?
the Prime Minister
the Defense Secretary
the monarch
Tricked you! The Queen is the Commander-in-Chief and Head of the Armed Forces.

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What power does the monarch hold as commander and head of the BAF?
The monarch can declare war.
The monarch controls how the BAF is used.
both
Sound crazy? Well, it's a very limited power that is subject to checks and balances.

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So who is in charge of the BAF in a more practical sense?
the Parliament
the Secretary of the Defence
the Prime Minister
The Prime Minister is technically in charge of the military and makes key decisions.

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Although the Prime Minister is charged with managing military decisions, the PM would act in accordance with:
the House of Lords
the Cabinet
The Cabinet is the highest-level of government ministers, appointed by the PM.
the Prince or Princess of Wales

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The United Kingdom:
has nuclear weapons.
Under the Non-Proliferation Treaty, the UK is a nuclear weapon state.
does NOT have nuclear weapons.
is borrowing nuclear weapons.

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What roles are women NOT allowed to have in the BAF?
All roles are open to women.
all combat duty
some front-line combat roles
Many front-line roles have been open to women for a couple decades.

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What is another unusual Armed Forces job only available to men?
the Royal Swim Instructors
the Queen's Gardeners
the Household Calvary
Only men get to be the fancy horse-riders.

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What is the real name of a position within the Royal Navy?
Sea Lord
There is both a First and Second Sea Lord.
Ocean Matey
Water Captain

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Who is the professional head of the British Army?
Army Sergeant Major
Chief of the General Staff
The position is under the Chief of the Defence Staff.
Chief of the Armed Guard

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When did a standing British Army form?
the 18th century
the 14th century
the 17th century
In the mid-1600s, the English Army was formed.

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Does Britain have a draft (or conscription) policy?
yes
no
While Britain has had a National Service requirement during war times, it no longer does.
only for men

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There are how many full-time members of the BAF?
145,690
As of 2015
1.3 million
89,450

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How many of those are Royal Army personnel?
about 83,000
There were about 83,340 Army officers and soldiers ready for duty in 2015.
about 25,000
about 100,000

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How many are in the Royal Navy and Marines?
about 30,200
The Navy and Marine numbers are included together.
about 10,000
about 60,000

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The Royal Air Force has how many personnel?
12,017
45,604
32,106
Including one quite famous officer …

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Who is a member of the Royal Air Force?
Charles, Prince of Wales
Prince William, Duke of Cambridge
William was part of the RAF for several years but retired to take on work as an air ambulance operator.
Prince Harry

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Prince Harry served with what British Armed Forces branch?
Royal Navy
British Army
Harry left the Army in 2015, but his service included a 20-week tour in Afghanistan.
Royal Marines

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Prince Charles also had a career in what armed service?
the Royal Navy
Charles briefly served in the Navy during the 1970s.
the British Army
the Royal Air Force

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What is NOT a part of the Royal Navy?
Surface Fleet
Royal Fleet Auxiliary
Underwater Corps
There is a Submarine Service which presumably does a lot of the underwater duties.

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The British Army defends what British interests?
England, Wales, India and Canada
England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland
England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
That is what's known as the United Kingdom.

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What is the name of the RAF's headquarters of Air Command?
RAF Halton
RAF High Wycombe
It's where the command operations take place.
RAF Cosford

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The RAF uses what aircraft?
Typhoon FGR4
Come on, these RAF pilots aren't messing around.
Boeing 757
seaplanes

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Does the British Army have a reserve army?
no
yes
Just like the United States Army, anyone can serve as a reservist.
only for former Regular Army personnel

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What new equipment is currently in the design or building phase for the British Navy?
submarines and seaplanes
frigate and aircraft carriers
Although who wouldn't want a seapod, whatever that is.
aircraft carriers and seapods

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What is NOT a corps of the British Army?
Royal Army Choral Corps
But if you're interested, I'd suggest the Corps of Army Music.
Royal Army Dental Corps
Corps of Army Music

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The British Army Gurkha Brigade is a holdover from?
Britain's medieval times
Britain's rule of Hong Kong
Britain's war with Nepal
After the early 19th century Gurkha War, many Nepalese soldiers joined the British Army.

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What does the Royal Marine's Special Boat Service do?
extremely critical and daring small-team missions
If that sounds vague, it's because their work -- and members -- are extremely secretive.
repair the boats of the Marine fleet
take tourists out on pleasure rides

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