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Armed Forces (Foreign Citizens)

Volume 447: debated on Monday 5 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what percentage of members of each of the armed forces are not British citizens, broken down by nationality. (72550)

The number and percentage of service personnel who are not British citizens in each of HM armed forces are shown by country in the following table:

UK Regular Forces1 with Nationality other than British at 1 April 2006

Country

Naval service

Percentage of total strength

Army

Percentage of total strength

Royal Air Force2

Percentage of total strength

Total non-British service personnel

465

1.2

6,670

6.2

210

0.4

Antigua

3

3

4

4

3

3

Australia

10

3

75

0.1

10

3

Bangladesh

4

4

5

3

3

3

Barbados

4

4

10

3

4

3

Belize

3

3

4

4

3

3

Botswana

3

3

5

3

3

3

Cameroon

3

3

20

3

3

3

Canada

15

3

60

0.1

20

3

Cyprus

4

4

4

4

3

Dominican Republic

4

4

10

3

3

3

Egypt

3

3

3

3

3

3

Eire

50

0.1

215

0.2

60

0.1

Falkland Islands

3

3

4

4

3

3

Fiji

75

0.2

1,995

1.8

5

3

France

3

3

4

4

3

3

Gambia

4

4

80

0.1

4

3

Germany5

4

4

4

4

3

3

Ghana

4

4

660

0.6

4

3

Gibraltar

4

4

3

3

Grenada

4

4

50

3

3

3

Guyana

3

3

15

3

3

3

India

5

3

45

3

4

3

Jamaica

25

0.1

975

0.9

25

0.1

Kenya

5

3

105

0.1

5

3

Malawi

4

4

95

0.1

4

3

Malaysia

4

4

5

3

4

3

Malta

4

4

5

3

4

3

Mauritius

4

4

25

3

4

3

Montserrat

3

3

4

4

3

3

Namibia

3

3

4

4

3

3

Nepal

3

3

30

3

3

3

New Zealand

5

3

65

0.1

5

3

Nigeria

4

4

65

0.1

3

3

Other West Indies

4

4

4

4

3

3

Pakistan

4

4

10

3

4

3

Papua New Guinea

3

3

4

4

3

3

Seychelles

3

3

10

3

3

3

Sierra Leone

3

3

45

3

3

3

Singapore

3

3

4

4

3

3

South Africa

45

0.1

720

0.7

10

3

Sri Lanka

3

3

15

3

3

3

St. Helena

4

4

20

3

5

3

St. Kitts and Nevis

3

3

4

4

4

3

St. Lucia

5

3

225

0.2

4

3

St. Vincent

130

0.3

280

0.3

4

3

Swaziland

3

3

10

3

3

3

Switzerland

3

3

4

4

3

3

Tanzania

3

3

4

4

3

3

Tonga

3

3

5

3

3

3

Trinidad

20

70

0.1

10

3

Uganda

40

3

3

3

Ukraine

4

4

3

3

3

3

United Arab Emirates

10

3

3

3

3

3

USA

4

4

4

4

4

3

Zambia

4

4

20

3

3

3

Zimbabwe6

15

565

0.5

5

3

Other West Indies

4

4

4

4

3

3

Other Non-British7

3

3

20

3

10

3

Not known/stateless

505

1.3

25

3

875

0.2

1 Data are for UK regular forces (trained and untrained), including nursing services and excluding full time reserve service personnel, Gurkhas, the home service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised reservists.

2 Royal Air Force data are for personnel serving at 6 March 2006. They include personnel who at that date had attested but have not begun basic training.

3 Denotes zero or rounded to zero.

4 Denotes fewer than five or percentage based on a figure fewer than five. Data are rounded to five to prevent disclosure of sensitive information.

5 Includes personnel with nationality recorded as West German.

6 Includes personnel with nationality recorded as Rhodesian 7 Includes personnel with nationality recorded as British Commonwealth/Foreign, Foreign/Foreign, Other African Country and Other Asiatic country.

8 Includes 75 personnel recorded as Commonwealth by birth, but with no nationality recorded.