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Cadets

Volume 928: debated on Monday 21 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the current strength of each of the three Services' combined cadet forces, the number of cadets joining the Regular Forces each year, and the annual cost of the forces.

The strength of the Combined Cadet Force as at 1st April 1976, the latest date for which strength figures are available, was:

Officers and InstructorsCadets
Royal Navy sections3015,884
Army sections1,16327,801
Royal Air Force sections4868,944
I regret that information on the number of cadets joining the Regular Forces each year is not available since, although recruits are specifically asked to state their previous cadet service, it is known that many do not do so.The estimated cost of the Combined Cadet Force in 1977–78 is:

£ million
Royal Navy sections0·092
Army sections1·500
Royal Air Force sections0·500
Total2·092

asked the Secretary of State for Defence what is the current strength of the university air squadron; how many are training as pilots; how many aircraft are used; how many regular and civilian personnel support the squadrons; how many cadets joined the squadrons in 1976; how many ex-cadets joined the Royal Air Force in 1976; and what is the annual cost of the squadrons.

The figures are:

Cadet strength of University Air Squadrons (31st December 1976)714
Cadets under training as pilots486
Aircraft established for task81
Support personnel:
Regular RAF202
Civilian81
Cadets who joined the squadrons in 1976388
Cadets who left UASs for full time RAF officer service in financial year 1976–77147
Estimated cost of the squadrons for the 1976–77 financial year: £2·83 million.