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Recruitment

Volume 450: debated on Thursday 19 October 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people have expressed an interest in joining each of the armed forces in each year since 2000; and how this information is captured. (91299)

Thousands of people inquire about the process of joining the armed forces each year. They include parents, teachers and students undertaking research as well as those considering a service career. Most make contact by telephone, mail, hits on the services career websites, or by visiting armed forces careers offices for information and advice. The number of applicants in each year since financial year 2000-01 who showed a firm interest in joining is as follows:

Naval service

Army

RAF

2000-01

Officers

1,427

1,925

4,692

Other Ranks

13,034

33,332

15,997

2001-02

Officers

1,497

1,893

4,005

Other Ranks

12,132

38,929

15,448

2002-03

Officers

1,494

1,984

3,757

Other Ranks

13,721

36,104

13,447

2003-04

Officers

1,165

2,265

3,719

Other Ranks

10,971

33,801

9,123

2004-05

Officers

1,125

1,795

3,193

Other Ranks

9,866

29,413

8,260

2005-06

Officers

1,714

1,963

2,685

Other Ranks

11,517

35,026

7,272