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Armed Forces: Cadets

Volume 459: debated on Thursday 3 May 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were enrolled in (a) gap year commission and (b) the combined cadet force in each year since 1997. (131694)

On the subject of gap year commissions, I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave to the hon. Member for Sutton Coldfield (Mr. Mitchell) on 5 February 2007, Official Report, column 687W.

Gap year commissions were introduced in 2000. Prior to 2000, personnel were granted a short service limited commission. Enrolments are interpreted to be those personnel on the strengths at each point shown.

The strength of untrained regular Army officers on a short service limited commission/gap year commission at 1 April each year is as follows:

Strength

1997

20

1998

70

1999

50

2000

80

2001

50

2002

80

2003

80

2004

70

2005

30

2006

40

2007

160

1 At 1 February 2007

The combined cadet force (CCF) is not a recruiting organisation. Although annual records of overall numbers in the CCF are held at 1 April each year since 1999, MOD does not keep account of yearly inflow and outflow numbers.

The annual numbers for the CCF, for years 1999 to 2006, are shown in the following table.

Officers

Cadets

Non-commissioned officers1

Total

1999

1,750

40,010

210

41,970

2000

1,780

40,550

220

42,540

2001

1,790

40,780

230

42,810

2002

1,780

40,970

220

42,980

2003

1,840

41,270

230

43,340

2004

1,890

41,910

240

44,040

2005

1,910

42,460

240

44,600

2006

1,910

42,030

250

44,190

1 School staff instructors

Note:

Totals and components have been rounded separately to the nearest 10 (numbers ending in “5” have been rounded to the nearest 20 to prevent systematic bias) and so may not equal the sum of their rounded parts.

A more detailed breakdown of the strength of all services’ reserves and cadets is published annually and is available at:

http://www.dasa.mod.uk/natstats/tsp7/tsp7tab1.html