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Armed Forces: Resignations

Volume 461: debated on Monday 4 June 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force have served less than (a) nine years as an officer and (b) 12 years at any other rank. (138059)

The information is provided in the following table:

At 1 October 2006

UK regular forces only1


Royal Navy2

Royal Air Force

Officers with less than nine years service




Other ranks with less than 12 years service




1 UK regular forces exclude full-time reserve service personnel, Gurkhas, the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment, mobilised reservists and naval activated reservists. It includes both trained and untrained personnel. 2 Royal Navy includes Royal Marines. Note: The figures above are calculated by taking the difference between 1 October 2006 and date of intake and may therefore not account for periods of former service. This could include service prior to re-enlistment, service prior to transfer between services or service prior to transferring from non-commissioned to commissioned.