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Infantry: Target Strength

Volume 455: debated on Monday 8 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) establishment and (b) strength of each Scottish infantry battalion (i) is and (ii) was at 1 April 2006; and what the forecast is for 31 March 2007 in each case. (107871)

The figures in the following tables show the strengths and establishments of the Infantry Scottish Division by Battalion as at 1 April 2006 and 1 August 2006 (the last date for which data was compiled).

Strengths and Establishment of the Scottish Regiment as at 1 April 2006

Battalions

Establishment1

Strength

The Royal Scots Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland1

570

480

King's Own Scottish Borderers Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland1

560

440

The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

570

470

The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

570

540

The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

590

520

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

640

440

Strengths and Establishments of the Scottish Regiment as at 1 August 2006

Battalions

Establishment1

Strength

The Royal Scots Battalion, Royal Regiment of Scotland

570

2700

The Royal Highland Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

570

2500

The Black Watch, 3rd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

570

2560

The Highlanders, 4th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

640

2550

The Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, 5th Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland

590

2480

1. The establishment figures refer to the number of posts within a battalion that may be filled by Infantry personnel (officers and soldiers). Therefore, it excludes posts that are filled by attached personnel of other arms and services such as chefs, clerks, etc. Establishments will also vary depending on the particular role of a battalion; for example, armoured infantry battalions have larger establishments than light role infantry battalions. 2 Denotes provisional, as some records are currently being updated to reflect recent divisional and regimental infantry changes. Notes: 1. Strength figures include members of the Regiment serving with the battalion i.e. 1 Royal Regiment of Scotland (1RRS) includes Royal Regiment of Scotland personnel posted to 1RRS. It does not include other Infantry serving with the 1RRS or 1RRS personnel posted away from the regiment. Strength figures also exclude attached Arms/Services. 2. Figures are for trained infantry officers and soldiers and include infantry full time reserve service (FTRS) personnel serving with the battalions. 3. As at 1 April 2006 the regiments formerly known as The Royal Scots Regiment and King's 4. Strength and Establishment figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

The Army Manpower Forecasting process does not model or forecast to battalion levels.