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Volume 928: debated on Wednesday 23 March 1977

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asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many combat soldiers and line of communication soldiers are currently in the Army.

Excluding the women's services, there are in the Regular Army about 99,000 in the six main combat arms of armour, artillery, engineers, signals, infantry and air corps. The balance of some 65,000 are in the remaining arms and services though many of these would serve in the battle area in war.