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Recruitment

Volume 456: debated on Thursday 1 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what percentage of recruits for (a) the Royal Navy, (b) the Army and (c) the Royal Air Force passed their basic training to become operationally available in each of the last five years. (114634)

The following tables provide the percentages of untrained strength who became trained and those still in training, in each of the last five financial years (2001-02 to 2005-06), by service.

Percentages are based on the number of Service Personnel who joined the untrained strength during each of the financial years, then subsequently became trained/commissioned at any date up to 31 March 2006 or who are currently still on the untrained strength at 31 March 2006.

Naval service—intake for financial years 2001-02 to 2005-06

Percentage of officers who:

Percentage of other ranks who:

Became trained

Are still on untrained strength

Became trained

Are still on untrained strength

2001-02

76

6

60

2

2002-03

69

12

61

4

2003-04

57

27

62

7

2004-05

31

53

61

9

2005-06

13

78

41

32

Note:

Naval Service comprises Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

Army—intake for financial years 2001-02 to 2005-06

Percentage of officers who:

Percentage of other ranks who:

Became trained

Are still on untrained strength

Became trained

Are still on untrained strength

2001-02

83

1

72

0

2002-03

77

7

70

0

2003-04

76

9

69

1

2004-05

87

1

62

5

2005-06

51

38

36

34

Royal Air Force-intake for financial years 2001-02 to 2005-06

Percentage of officers who:

Percentage of other ranks who:

Became trained

Are still on untrained strength

Became trained

Are still on untrained strength

2001-02

81

11

85

0

2002-03

68

22

86

0

2003-04

55

37

82

2

2004-05

41

55

74

9

2005-06

8

89

17

70