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Armed Forces: Republic of Ireland

Volume 470: debated on Wednesday 23 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) men and (b) women registered as born in the Republic of Ireland serve in the (i) Army, (ii) Royal Navy, (iii) Royal Marines and (iv) Royal Air Force as (A) commissioned officers and (B) other ranks; and what the equivalent figures were in each of the last 10 years. (181161)

The following table shows the number of Republic of Ireland Nationals1 that serve in the UK armed forces2,3 by service, gender and rank as at 1 April each year.

1 Nationality information has been used in place of country of birth as data on country of birth are currently unavailable.

2 Data are for UK regular forces (trained and untrained), including nursing services and excluding full-time reserve service personnel, Ghurkhas, the home service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised reservists.

3 Information on nationality for Royal Navy and Royal Marines personnel is only available post joint personnel administration implementation (6 October for Royal Navy and Royal Marines). Information on nationality for RAF personnel pre joint personnel administration (6 April for RAF) can be provided only at a disproportionate cost. Information in the table is for Army personnel only in 1998 to 2005; for Army and RAF personnel in 2006 and for all services in 2007. All 2007 information and 2006 RAF information is marked as provisional due to the ongoing validation of joint personnel administration data.

Service

Rank

Gender

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Royal Navy

Commissioned officers

Male

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

Female

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

Other ranks

Male

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

30

Female

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

Royal Marines

Commissioned officers

Male

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

Female

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

Other ranks

Male

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

Female

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

Army

Commissioned officers

Male

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

20

30

40

Female

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

Other ranks

Male

210

200

190

180

160

150

160

160

150

160

Female

10

10

10

10

10

2

2

2

2

10

RAF

Commissioned officers

Male

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

2

Female

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

2

2

Other ranks

Male

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

20

20

Female

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

10

2

1 Data not available

2 Zero or rounded to zero.

Note:

Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

DASA (Quad-Service)