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Forces Recruitment

Volume 449: debated on Monday 24 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many staff were recruited by the (a) RAF and (b) Royal Navy in each year since 1997, broken down by personnel type. (85755)

Intake from civil life to the United Kingdom Regular Royal Navy and Royal Air Force broken down by Officers and other ranks and branch or trade group is shown in the following tables:

Naval Service Officer intake from civil life by branch

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Naval Service total

370

380

410

450

410

420

340

370

370

Royal Navy total

340

350

370

410

350

370

310

320

320

Warfare

220

220

220

220

230

220

180

180

190

Engineer

50

60

80

100

70

80

60

60

60

Logistics

40

30

20

30

30

30

20

30

20

Medical

20

20

30

30

20

30

30

40

30

QARNNS1

10

10

10

10

10

10

Chaplains

10

10

10

10

10

Dental

10

10

Unknown

Royal Marines

40

40

40

40

60

50

40

50

50

1 Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service.

Naval Service ratings intake from civil life by branch

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Naval Service total

4,230

4,380

4,530

4,180

4,600

4,800

3,780

3,320

3,570

Royal Navy total

3,250

3,290

3,350

3,010

3,410

3,530

2,730

2,300

2,370

Logistics

440

350

360

510

560

620

470

380

340

Engineering

1,260

1,090

990

900

1,010

1,150

1,060

930

1,000

Medical

70

100

130

40

120

130

80

70

80

QARNNS

40

20

30

30

40

50

40

30

30

Warfare

1,340

1,660

1,780

1,490

1,620

1,480

990

800

860

Warfare Support

100

80

60

40

70

100

80

80

60

Royal Marines total

980

1,090

1,180

1,170

1,190

1,280

1,050

1,030

1,190

General Service

940

1,070

1,160

1,140

1,160

1,250

1,020

980

1,160

Band

40

20

30

30

20

30

30

40

30

RAF Officer intake from civil life by branch

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Total

400

430

480

440

450

460

520

290

2320

Pilots

90

140

160

140

160

150

170

80

290

Engineering

30

40

40

40

50

60

70

40

220

Administration

70

70

40

30

40

40

50

20

230

Navigators

40

40

50

50

40

50

40

10

220

Fighter Control

30

20

40

40

20

10

20

20

220

Medical

10

10

20

20

20

20

30

30

230

Air Traffic Control

30

30

30

30

30

30

20

20

220

Ops Support

40

40

40

30

20

20

10

10

220

Supply

10

20

20

20

30

30

30

10

2

Intelligence

10

10

10

10

10

20

20

10

2

PMRAFNS1

10

10

20

10

10

10

2

Dental

10

10

2

Chaplains

10

2

Legal

10

2

Other

30

20

240

1 Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Nursing Service.

RAF other ranks intake from civil life by trade group

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

Total

3,130

3,820

3,610

3,190

3,340

3,990

3,640

1,880

21,110

Aircrew

50

40

70

60

60

50

70

50

250

Aircraft Engineering

720

800

730

600

580

700

590

260

2250

Avionics

370

450

390

340

320

380

330

2

Electronics Engineering

160

60

170

210

260

260

270

20

2

General Engineering

120

180

140

180

170

140

190

110

260

Transport

130

170

140

160

180

290

260

140

230

Security

510

790

760

470

400

480

480

410

2260

Air Traffic Control

90

110

120

130

150

170

140

50

240

Administration

40

50

30

40

30

50

50

20

220

Intelligence

140

170

140

190

170

220

130

100

2140

Fighter Control

80

70

70

100

80

60

60

80

240

Painters/Finishers

70

140

100

40

110

150

150

40

220

Photographer

50

80

70

70

80

100

70

40

210

Medical

160

160

170

140

100

190

170

120

240

Dental

10

10

30

20

20

30

20

10

210

Personnel administration

150

190

100

70

140

170

140

40

220

Supply

200

280

320

260

300

310

260

200

270

Catering

70

60

60

100

190

250

260

180

240

Musicians

10

10

20

10

10

10

10

210

1 Zero or rounded to zero. 2 Provisional.

UK Regular Forces includes Nursing services and excludes Full Time Reserve Service personnel and mobilised reservists. It includes trained and untrained personnel.

Figures include re-enlistments and rejoined reservists.

Due to the rounding methods used, totals may not always equal the sum of the parts. When rounding to the nearest 10, numbers ending in five have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.