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Service Manning

Volume 407: debated on Thursday 19 June 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if he will list the critical manning groups which have been identified in (a) the Army and (b) the RAF; and what the shortfall against requirement was in each case. [119450]

The critical manning groups identified in the Army and the RAF are shown in the following tables:

RAF (as at I May 2003)


Trained Strength



Shortfall (percentage)

Aircrew Officers

JO (Weapons Systems Officer)660733-73-10

Non-commissioned Aircrew

Weapons Systems Operator (Air Electronics)430476-46-10
Weapon System Operator (Linguist)3958-19-33

Ground Branch officers

Medical Officers187266-79-30
Princess Mary's RAF Nursing Sendee117142-25-18

Electrical Trades

Gen Tech E578661-83-13

Medical Trades

Motor Transport (MT) Driver1,1711,300-129-10
MT Technician/Mechanic394478-84-18
Medical Assistant288350-62-18


For the RAF critical has been defined as a deficit of 10 per cent. or more.