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Army Personnel

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the present strength of the Army is (a) in total and (b) in terms of (i) officers and (ii) other ranks. (93924)

I refer the hon. Member to Tri-Service Publication (TSP) 1—Strength, Intake and Outflow of UK Regular Forces. TSP 1 is published monthly. The most recent publication shows figures at 1 September 2006.

Copies of TSP 1 are available in the Library of the House and at www.dasa.mod.uk.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) established and (b) actual strength is of (i) the Regular Army and (ii) the Territorial Army, broken down by cap badge. (91487)

The following table provides a breakdown, by cap badge, of the Regular Army strength against liability as at 1 August 2006. A detailed breakdown of Territorial Army posts by cap badge within unit establishments is not currently available; however strengths are given as follows against the overall Territorial Army liability of 42,000.

Regular ArmyTerritorial Army

Arm/Service

Liability3

Strength1

Liability

Strength2

Total

97,710

96,460

42,000

36,260

Staff

720

820

100

Household Cavalry/Royal Armoured Corps

5,760

5,460

1,260

Royal Regiment of Artillery

7,510

7,240

2,280

Corps of Royal Engineers

9,180

8,780

2,460

Royal Corps of Signals

8,500

8,450

3,990

Infantry

24,450

23,720

7,350

Army Air Corps

2,060

2,010

100

Royal Army Chaplains Department

150

140

60

Royal Logistics Corps

15,720

15,590

6,060

Royal Army Medical Corps

3,180

2,910

2,660

Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

9,700

9,690

2,200

Adjutant General’s Corps

6,250

6,660

1,240

Royal Army Veterinary Corps

210

190

10

Small Arms School Corps

140

150

10

Royal Army Dental Corps

420

360

60

Intelligence Corps

1,650

1,480

500

Army Physical Training Corps

430

450

4

General List

4

4

340

Queen Alexandra’s Royal Auxiliary Nursing Corps

1,190

840

1,030

The Corps of Army Music

890

900

4

Long Service List

600

620

4

Officer Training Corps

4

4

4,540

1 Figures include trained Officers and Soldiers; full-time Reserve Service (full, limited and home Commitment) but exclude home service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment, mobilised reserves, Territorial Army and other reserves. 2 TA Personnel include Group A & B, Mobilised TA and Officer Training Corps (OTC), and exclude non regular permanent staff and full-time Reserve Service. 3 Liability is based on the Regular Army Liability 2006. 4 Represents zero of rounded to zero. Notes: 1. The Adjutant General’s Corps consists of: Adjutant General’s Corps (Provost), Adjutant General’s Corps (Staff & Personnel Support), Adjutant General’s Corps (Education & Training Services) and Adjutant General’s Corps (Army Legal Services). 2. All data have been rounded to the nearest 10. Due to the rounding methods used totals may not always equal the sum of the parts. Numbers ending in “5” have been rounded to nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.