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Armed Forces: Labour Turnover

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) inflow, (b) outflow and (c) voluntary outflow rate was of officers at (i) OF-1, (ii) OF-2 and (iii) OF-3 levels in each service in each year since 1997. (196621)

The information requested is provided in the following tables:

Inflow1 rates2 to UK regular forces3 from civil life by rank

Rate per 100 people

Financial year

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Navy4

OF-3

0.3

0.0

0.3

0.4

0.3

0.1

0.4

0.4

0.2

60.1

OF-2

1.3

0.9

1.0

1.4

1.0

1.5

1.1

1.6

1.1

60.9

OF-1

34.0

34.0

36.1

35.0

34.1

34.6

31.0

39.7

43.2

644.6

Army5

OF-3

0.1

0.2

0.2

0.1

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.1

0.1

OF-2

1.3

1.6

1.6

1.6

1.2

1.2

0.9

1.2

1.2

1.4

OF-1

12.7

9.3

10.7

8.7

7.9

9.2

7.2

5.8

5.8

6.9

RAF

OF-3

0.2

0.0

0.2

0.1

0.3

0.3

0.3

0.2

0.1

0.2

OF-2

0.5

0.6

0.7

0.8

0.8

0.5

0.8

0.7

0.4

1.0

OF-1

24.1

23.1

23.2

21.7

20.6

22.3

25.0

17.9

19.8

21.7

Source:

DASA (Quad-Service)

Outflow7 rates2 from UK regular forces3 to civil life by rank

Rate per 100 people

Financial year

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Navy4

OF-3

7.2

6.7

8.0

6.2

6.6

6.2

6.1

6.5

7.2

66.6

OF-2

7.2

6.3

6.5

5.3

6.4

5.3

4.5

5.0

5.3

65.1

OF-1

10.6

6.7

5.6

6.6

6.3

7.8

7.3

8.6

7.9

69.9

Army5

OF-3

6.2

6.9

6.4

7.1

7.3

6.3

6.0

6.9

7.0

8.7

OF-2

10.6

10.8

8.1

8.0

6.7

5.7

5.6

6.8

7.7

8.3

OF-1

5.7

7.0

5.6

6.4

4.7

5.3

5.3

5.4

2.9

3.4

RAF

OF-3

7.3

7.6

7.1

6.6

8.3

6.3

6.7

9.0

8.6

11.8

OF-2

4.5

4.7

4.2

5.5

4.4

3.9

4.9

4.8

5.0

6.7

OF-1

3.3

2.9

2.9

2.2

3.0

2.3

2.1

4.2

2.7

2.7

Voluntary outflow rates8 from trained UK regular forces3 to civil life by rank

Rate per 100 people

Financial year

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

Navy4

OF-3

2.6

2.8

4.1

2.9

3.7

2.4

2.9

2.6

3.4

63.3

OF-2

2.3

2.6

3.7

2.5

3.8

2.7

2.4

2.4

2.7

62.7

OF-1

0.6

0.0

1.4

0.8

0.0

1.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

60.0

Army9

OF-3

3.5

3.9

3.7

4.8

5.0

3.6

4.1

4.4

4.7

n/a

OF-2

4.5

4.4

3.5

4.3

4.5

3.4

4.0

4.5

4.9

n/a

OF-1

0.7

0.9

0.2

0.6

0.5

0.4

0.5

0.2

0.2

n/a

RAF

OF-3

2.9

2.6

2.3

2.5

3.2

2.0

1.8

2.6

2.8

3.8

OF-2

1.5

1.8

1.6

2.3

2.0

1.6

1.9

2.0

2.0

1.9

OF-1

0.4

1.2

0.5

0.0

0.0

0.3

0.3

0.4

0.2

1.4

n/a = unavailable

1 Figures show all intake to UK regular forces including re-enlistments and rejoined

reservists.

2 Inflow and outflow rates have been calculated using total (trained and untrained) strength as at 1 April of each year.

3 Figures are for UK regular forces and therefore excludes Gurkhas, Full Time Reserve

Service personnel, the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised reservists. NATO Rank is based on JPA field ‘Paid Rank’, if this field is blank then NATO Rank is based on JPA field ‘Substantive Rank’

4 Due to the introduction of a new personnel administration system, Naval Service statistics from 1 October 2006 are provisional and subject to review.

5 Due to the introduction of a new personnel administration system, Army outflow data by rank for 1 March 2007 to 31 March 2007 are not available. Consequently, Army figures for 2006-07 are the latest available, comprising flows during the period 1 March 2006 to 28 February 2007.

6 Denotes provisional.

7 Figures show all outflow from UK regular forces including recalled reservists on release and outflow to the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment

8 Voluntary outflow rates have been calculated using trained strength only as at 1 April of each year.

9 Due to ongoing validation of data from the new personnel administration system, Army voluntary outflow data for 2006-07 are currently unavailable.

Source:

DASA (Quad-Service)