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Army: Recruitment

Volume 465: debated on Tuesday 23 October 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the rate of recruitment to the Army was in each of the last five years, broken down by sector. (157165)

The following tables show the rates of gains to trained strength of the UK Regular Army by Arm/Service during the financial years 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05 and 2005-06 and for the period 1 April 2006 to 28 February 2007.

Table 1: Regular Army Officer Rates of Gains to Trained Strength (GTS)

Percentage

Arm/Service

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-071

Household Cavalry/Royal Armoured Corps

5.9

6.6

5.8

6.0

6.6

Royal Regiment of Artillery

6.4

5.5

6.4

6.0

5.5

Corps of Royal Engineers

5.6

4.6

5.6

5.6

6.5

Royal Corps of Signals

4.6

4.5

6.0

4.9

4.3

The Infantry

6.6

7.1

5.9

5.7

6.0

Army Air Corps

5.5

6.2

6.9

6.2

5.4

Royal Army Chaplain's Department

7.8

4.2

8.8

5.9

7.3

The Royal Logistics Corps

4.4

4.8

5.0

5.3

4.9

Royal Army Medical Corps

13.0

13.2

14.2

12.4

8.4

Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

4.7

3.8

5.4

4.3

4.2

Adjutant General's Corps (Provost Branch)

8.1

8.0

8.3

7.5

6.9

Adjutant General's Corps (Staff and Personnel Support Branch)

3.4

4.3

6.0

5.7

5.1

Adjutant General's Corps (Educational and Training Services Branch)

4.8

6.0

5.8

7.1

6.0

Adjutant General's Corps (Army Legal Services Branch)

12.3

3.2

7.5

20.0

11.6

Royal Army Veterinary Corps

10.4

10.4

10.5

17.9

11.5

Royal Army Dental Corps

17.3

9.6

6.2

3.6

13.1

Intelligence Corps

4.7

2.7

5.5

5.2

7.5

Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps

8.2

2.5

7.1

7.4

5.5

Corps of Army Music

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

8.9

Total

5.4

5.2

5.8

5.6

5.6

Table 2:Regular Army Soldier Rates of Gains to Trained Strength (GTS)

Percentage

Arm/Service

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-071

Household Cavalry/Royal Armoured Corps

14.2

11.8

9.6

8.6

10.3

Royal Regiment of Artillery

12.7

11.4

8.9

9.1

8.8

Corps of Royal Engineers

14.3

13.5

15.3

12.6

11.5

Royal Corps of Signals

14.5

10.6

10.1

6.7

6.2

The Infantry

12.8

14.8

11.0

9.7

11.3

Army Air Corps

9.4

9.6

14.9

12.5

9.0

The Royal Logistics Corps

11.9

13.9

11.1

10.6

7.6

Royal Army Medical Corps

11.9

10.9

11.3

11.4

8.5

Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

11.1

9.5

10.0

10.1

7.0

Adjutant General's Corps (Provost Branch)

9.2

8.4

10.7

6.2

5.0

Adjutant General's Corps (Staff and Personnel Support Branch)

7.2

9.5

4.4

2.3

1.5

Royal Army Veterinary Corps

20.6

11.9

11.5

11.5

9.8

Royal Army Dental Corps

13.3

5.8

3.2

7.8

10.3

Intelligence Corps

8.4

5.1

7.8

9.6

7.9

Queen Alexandra's Royal Army Nursing Corps

12.3

22.3

9.2

10.9

9.7

Corps of Army Music

5.8

5.4

3.7

4.3

2.3

Total

12.1

12.2

10.4

9.3

8.6

1 Due to ongoing data validation following the introduction of the new Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) System, there is no arm/service information currently available since 1 March 2007. Therefore it is possible to provide data only for 2006-07 from 1 April 2006 to 28 February 2007. Notes: 1. Rates are for the Regular Army only and exclude Gurkhas, full-time reserve service, the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised reservists. 2. Annual rates have been calculated by taking the GTS for each arm/service in the period as a percentage of the average strength for all trained officers and soldiers in that arm/service over the same period. 3. The Officer GTS include all Direct Entry Commissions (DE) and Professionally Qualified Officers (PQOs) who have been recorded as a Gain to Trained Strength during the Financial Years 2002-03, 2003-04, 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07.