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Separated Service

Volume 449: debated on Monday 24 July 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the average number of separated service days was in the last recorded 30 day month rolling period for the Regular Army (a) infantry, (b) Royal Artillery, (c) Royal Engineers, (d) Royal Corps of Signals, (e) Royal Armoured Corps, (f) Household Cavalry, (g) Royal Electrical Mechanical Engineers and (h) Army Medical Services. (87022)

Average number of days spent on separated service by Arm/Service over 30 months using figures recorded at 1 January 2006Arm/ServiceNumberInfantry270Royal Artillery230Royal Engineers245Royal Signals175Household Cavalry/Royal Armoured Corps270Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers320Army Medical Services165 Notes: 1. Army Medical Services include the Royal Army Medical Corps, Royal Army Dental Corps, Royal Army Veterinary Corps and the Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps. 2. Figures are based on personnel on separated service, at any time from 1 July 2003 to 31 December 2005 inclusive. 3. Figures are for United Kingdom trained army personnel only and therefore exclude full-time reserve service personnel, Gurkhas, The Home Service Battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and Mobilised Reservists.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) average, (b) highest and (c) lowest number of days of separated service over the last three-year period for which figures are available was for each of the Royal Navy pinch point trades identified in his Department's annual report and accounts 2005-06. (87034)

For the pinch points in question, separated service has only been centrally recorded since April 2004. Data are available up to the end of March 2006. The average, highest and lowest number of days of separated service recorded over this period are:

Pinch pointRecorded separated service




Air Engineering Technicians (including Mechanics and Artificers)




Mine Warfare Petty Officer




Warfare Leading Hand




Nuclear Marine Engineering Watchkeepers




Royal Marine Other Ranks—general duties




Notes: 1. Figures are given for those serving on the trained strength at 1 April 2006. 2. For Nuclear Watchkeepers, the population has been taken as Marine Engineering Artificers at Petty Officer, Chief Petty Officer and Warrant Officer 2. 3. The Navy is currently restructuring the Air Engineering branch from the current Artificer/Mechanic career streams to a single Technician stream. For this reason, combined figures are given for these career streams. 4. Royal Marines figures exclude the band service. 5. The Navy harmony guideline for separated service is a maximum of 660 days over a 36 month period. 6. Although days spent on hospitalisation, annual leave and adventurous training are recorded by the separated service system, they do not count towards the 660 days target and are not included in the above figures.