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Army

Volume 463: debated on Tuesday 17 July 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many soldiers were commissioned from the ranks in each of the last five years; and if he will make a statement. (149402)

The following table shows the number of trained soldiers who have outflowed to officer from the ranks for the period 1 April 2002 to 28 February 2007:

Date of flow

Number of outflows to officer

2002-03

360

2003-04

330

2004-05

320

2005-06

340

2006-071

370

1 Due to the introduction of a new personnel administration system for all three services, Army data shown at 1 April 2007 and 1 May 2007 are not available. Consequently Army data shown are for the latest 12 months available, comprising data from 1 March 2006 to 28 February 2007.

Notes:

1. UK regular forces includes nursing services and excludes full-time reserve service personnel, Gurkhas, the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised reservists.

2. All data have been rounded to the nearest 10. Numbers ending in “5” have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.