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Armed Forces: Manpower

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 29 November 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) percentage recruitment gap and (b) percentage change in personnel numbers of each regiment was in the latest year for which figures are available. (167886)

Officers are not recruited against regimental targets but against a whole Army requirement. It is only after completing officer training and commissioning that an officer joins a particular regiment.

Army recruitment targets are broken down by arm/service for soldiers. There are no recruitment targets set for the small arms school corps or the Army physical training corps because recruits are required to serve as a soldier before they are entitled to join.

The following tables provide details of army officer and soldier recruitment targets and achievement for the financial year 2006-07, and the change in Army officer and soldier full-time trained strengths between 1 April 2006 and 1 March 2007.

Army recruitment targets and achievements during financial year 2006-07

Rank

Arm/service

Recruitment target

Number recruited

Recruitment percentage

Officers

840

780

92.9

Soldier

Total

13,070

12,660

96.9

Household Cavalry

170

170

100.0

Royal Armoured Corps

630

630

100.0

Royal Artillery

1,030

970

94.2

Royal Engineers

1,370

1,340

97.8

Royal Corps of Signals

870

750

86.2

Infantry

4,260

4,310

101.2

Army Air Corps

190

210

110.5

Royal Logistics Corps

2,410

2,100

87.1

Army Medical Service

450

430

95.6

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

1,060

1,290

121.7

Adjutant General Corps

400

260

65.0

Intelligence Corps

160

160

100.0

Corps of Army Music

70

40

57.1

Notes:

1. Figures for Army recruitment targets and achievement have been taken from recruiting databases and cannot therefore be compared directly to National Statistics published by the Defence Analytical Services Agency.

2. The counts of targets and achievements have been rounded to the nearest 10. Due to the rounding methods used, totals may not always equal the sum of the parts. Numbers ending in “5” have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.

Army full-time trained strength (excluding Gurkhas)

Rank

Arm/Service

Strength 1 April 2006

Strength 1 March 2007

Change percentage

Officers

Total

14,020

14,180

1.2

Soldier

Total

83,270

81,760

-1.8

Household Cavalry/Royal Armoured Corps

4,650

4,650

-0.1

Royal Artillery

6,270

5,980

-4.9

Royal Engineers

7,620

7,690

0.9

Royal Corps of Signals

7,520

7,220

-4.3

Infantry

21,160

20,830

-1.8

Army Air Corps

1,480

1,510

2.0

Royal Logistics Corps

13,990

13,740

-2.0

Army Medical Service

2,880

2,760

-4.1

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

8,900

8,780

-1.5

Adjutant General Corps

5,610

5,280

-6.6

Small Arms School Corps

120

120

1.6

Intelligence Corps

1,180

1,200

1.4

Army Physical Training Corps

410

400

-2.8

Corps of Army Music

880

840

-6.0

Long Service List

610

610

-0.7

Notes:

1. Full-time trained strength includes full-time reserve service (FTRS) figures but excludes Gurkhas.

2. Figures exclude; Gurkhas, Home Service Battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment, mobilised reserves,

Territorial Army and other reserves.

3. Due to ongoing data validation following the introduction of the new Joint Personnel Administration (JP A) System, there is no Arm/Corps information currently available from 1 March 2007 therefore it is only possible to provide strengths data for 2006-07 from 1 April 2006 to 1 March 2007.

4. The counts of targets and achievements have been rounded to the nearest 10. Due to the founding methods used, totals may not always equal the sum of the parts. Numbers ending in “5” have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.