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Infantry Recruitment

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the intake has been into each infantry battalion in each of the past 12 months. (113310)

The Army does not recruit soldiers into infantry battalions. The Army Recruiting and Training Division, which is responsible for the recruitment and training of soldiers, recruit infantry soldiers to the three infantry career employment groups; namely line by each infantry division, parachute and Guards. Therefore intake figures for infantry battalions are unavailable.

The following table provides regular Army soldier untrained intake figures to each division of the Infantry during the past 12 months:

Date of flow

Footguards

Scottish Division

Queen’s Division

King’s Division

Prince of Wales’ Division

October 2005

40

30

20

20

30

November 2005

50

50

50

40

40

December 2005

1

1

1

1

1

January 2006

150

100

120

110

130

February 2006

40

30

50

50

30

March 2006

50

30

40

1

1

April 2006

1

30

90

40

70

May 2006

50

30

40

50

1

June 2006

50

1

40

40

1

July 2006

50

40

40

20

40

August 2006

80

60

90

80

120

September 2006

100

50

110

100

80

Total

670

460

690

550

550

Date of flow

Light Division

Royal Irish (General Service)

The Parachute Regiment

Total

October 2005

30

10

1

190

November 2005

90

1

50

360

December 2005

1

1

1

10

January 2006

120

10

70

820

February 2006

20

1

1

230

March 2006

40

10

50

220

April 2006

1

40

280

May 2006

80

10

40

310

June 2006

50

1

1

180

July 2006

80

10

1

290

August 2006

50

1

60

540

September 2006

140

1

110

680

Total

710

60

420

4,100

1 Denotes zero or rounded to zero.

Notes:

1. Figures are for UK regular soldiers only. They exclude full time reserve service personnel, Gurkhas, the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised Reservists.

2. The data are based on the number of soldiers joining the untrained strength of the infantry divisions during the period 1 October 2005 and 30 September 2006. The figures also include untrained soldiers returning from being long-term illegally absent.

3. The data have been rounded to the nearest 10, numbers ending in ‘5’ have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to avoid systematic bias. Totals have been rounded separately and therefore may not be equal to the sum of their parts.