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Armed Forces: Recruitment

Volume 472: debated on Tuesday 4 March 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many personnel in the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force are involved in recruitment; and whether these figures meet the manning requirement.

Derek Twigg: All armed forces personnel, either directly or indirectly, have a recruiting role. Nevertheless, the numbers of Naval Service and Royal Air Force personnel primarily involved in managing or delivering the regular service recruiting process are as follows:

Naval Service: 339, against an establishment of 356;

Royal Air Force: 324, against an establishment of 348.

Details of the numbers of Army personnel primarily involved in recruitment activities are not readily available and I will write to the hon. Member with the details in due course.

The numbers primarily engaged in recruiting activities is regularly reviewed against requirement with adjustments being made to reflect priorities.

Substantive answer from Bob Ainsworth to Nick Harvey:

Derek Twigg undertook to write to you in answer to your Parliamentary Question on 7 February 2008 (Official Report, column 1487W) about the number of Army Personnel involved in Recruiting.

There are 1,105 Army Personnel directly involved in recruiting, against an establishment of 1,165. These personnel are Army Careers Advisors or members of Army or Corps Recruiting Teams.

The number of personnel primarily engaged in recruiting activities is regularly reviewed against requirement and, where necessary, adjustments are made to reflect priorities. (183150)