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Premature Voluntary Releases

Volume 449: debated on Wednesday 19 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many premature voluntary release exits there were from the (a) Army, (b) Navy, (c) Royal Marines and (d) Royal Air Force in each year since 1997. (85759)

Voluntary Outflow figures are published in Tri-Service Publication (TSP) 5—UK Regular Forces Outflow from Trained Strength to Civil Life.

TSP 5 is published monthly; the most recent publication shows the numbers of service personnel at 1 May 2006.

Copies of TSP 5 are held in the House of Commons Library and are also available at www.dasa.mod.uk.

TSP 5 includes data for the naval service as a whole. The breakdown between Royal Navy and the Royal Marines is shown in the following table:

Naval service voluntary outflow from trained strength to civil life

Number

Financial year

Royal Navy

Royal Marines

1996-97

1,690

320

1997-98

1,650

280

1998-99

1,450

420

1999-2000

1,610

300

2000-01

1,240

250

2001-021

1,780

420

2002-03

1,400

350

2003-04

1,510

340

2004-05

1,640

380

2005-06

1,460

430

1 For all naval service VO applications received on or after 1 June 2000, the maximum time period between date of application and exit was reduced from 18 months to 12. This effectively compressed 18 months of exits into the financial year 2001-02. Notes: 1. The term premature voluntary release (PVR) has been changed to voluntary outflow (VO) although the methodology remains the same. 2. VO is defined as all applications and exits from trained personnel which are generated by the individual before their time expiry. 3. Figures show all trained voluntary outflow from the naval service including recalled reservists. 4. Figures have been rounded to nearest 10. When rounding to the nearest 10, numbers ending in 5 have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias. Source: DASA (Tri-Service)