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Volume 456: debated on Friday 2 February 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many recruits joined the armed forces in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006. (112235)

In 2005, intake from civilian life to the UK regular forces was 17,5601.

Between 1 January and 30 November 2006, intake from Civilian Life to the UK regular forces was 19,2502.

The number of recruits joining the armed forces can be found in Tri-Service Publication (TSP) 1—“Strength, Intake and Outflow of UK Regular Forces”. TSP 1 is published monthly. The most recent publication shows figures for the 12 months to 1 December 2006 and can be found at Copies of TSP 1 are also available in the Library of the House.

1 Revised. Army officer inflow figures were revised in the 1 June 2006 TSP 1 publication.

2 Provisional. Due to the introduction of a new personnel administration system for RAF and Naval Service, data are provisional and subject to review.