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Military Personnel

Volume 131: debated on Friday 15 April 1988

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many military personnel have left the armed services in each year since 1974;(2) how many military personnel have left the armed services at the end of a fixed term of service in each year since 1974;(3) how many military personnel have left the armed services for medical reasons in each year since 1974;(4) how many military personnel have left the armed services at retirement age in each year since 1974;(5) how many military personnel have been dismissed from the armed services in each year since 1974;(6) how many military personnel have left the armed services for reasons other than

(a) end of a fixed term of service, (b) medical reasons (c) retirement age (d) dismissal, in each year since 1974.

Details of the numbers leaving the armed forces by cause in each financial year are shown in the table. It is not possible to distinguish between exits at the end of a fixed term of service and exits at retirement age and a single category covering these two groups has therefore been shown. This category includes those leaving the Army having given notice. The numbers shown as dismissed include administrative dismissals as well as disciplinary discharge.

YearTotal OutflowTime and age expiriesMedical and DeathDismissalAll other reasons
1974–7553,10920,3382,8925,81424,065
1975–7648,53018,5832,2536,18821,506
1976–7746,41217,2572,2286,36720,560
1977–7848,00216,9632,1776,01822,844
1978–7949,30615,3852,0875,67326,161
1979–8045,04213,9261,7135,55623,847
1980–8137,53511,9671,4236,38317,762
1981–8229,45110,2891,2357,16510,762
1982–8328,65711,6251,4756,4269,131
1983–8431,92612,4301,2286,58711,681
1984–8534,55412,9551,5786,09213,929
1985–8636,52113,9111,7095,58915,312
1986–8736,96114,8111,5505,65714,943
Apr-Dec 198727,16710,5481,1734,34411,102

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many military personnel have left the Army in each year since 1974;

The numbers shown as dismissed include administrative dismissals as well as disciplinary discharges
Total outflowTime and age expiriesMedical and deathDismissalAll other reasons
1974–7528,88910,5781,5703,58413,157
1975–7626,7979,4181,3534,25411,772
1976–7726,6109,2271,3654,37711,641
1977–7829,07210,0331,3284,01613,695
1978–7929,8079,1681,2653,78315,591
1979–8026,3488,8771,0553,72212,694
1980–8121,9197,5547924,2219,352
1981–8217,0946,2427134,9955,144
1982–8317,1787,1178974,7764,388
1983–8419,9597,9366814,9316,411
1984–8521,4488,3229984,4227,706
1985–8621,3018,6211,1204,0097,551
1986–8721,7619,4181,0323,8757,436
April to December 198716,7076,8618142,9316,101

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people have joined the armed services as military personnel in each year since 1974.

The numbers of people joining the Army from civil life in each financial year since 1974–75 are shown below:

YearNumber
1974–7524,264
1975–7629,591
1976–7724,088
1977–7822,550
1978–7925,254
1979–8029,189
1980–8128,871
1981–8214,204
1982–8313,071
1983–8422,348
1984–8522,278
1985–8620,268
1986–8719,918
April-December 198715,379

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people have joined the armed services as military personnel in each year since 1974.

(2) how many military personnel have left the Army at the end of a fixed term of service in each year since 1974;

(3) how many military personnel have left the Army for medical reasons in each year since 1974;

(4) how many military personnel have left the Army at retirement age in each year since 1974;

(5) how many military personnel have been dismissed from the Army in each year since 1974;

(6) how many military personnel have left the Army for reasons other than (a) end of fixed term of service, (b) medical reasons (c) retirement age, or (d) dismissal, in each year since 1974.

Details of the numbers leaving the Army by cause in each financial year are shown in the table below. It is not possible in the available statistics to distinguish between exits at the end of a fixed term of service and exits at retirement age and a single category covering these two groups has therefore been shown. This category includes those leaving the Army having given notice.

:The numbers of people joining the armed services from civil life in each financial year since 1974–75 are shown below:

YearNumber
1974–7542,236
1975–7646,906
1976–7740,244
1977–7838,237
1978–7943,366
1979–8050,652
1980–8150,488
1981–8222,607
1982–8321,647
1983–8436,991
1984–8534,721
1985–8632,651
1986–8734,049
April-December 198724,553