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Armed Forces: Recruitment

Volume 474: debated on Tuesday 1 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what caps or restrictions have been placed on the recruitment for the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) RAF in each year since 2005; and what plans there are for the next financial year. (196618)

Restrictions are placed on military recruiting in terms of the overall manning requirement and quality of the individuals applying. The numbers of recruits required every year are derived from the requirement for trained manpower to sustain the service’s delivery of operational capability and the manning structures that support it. In order to assure operational capability, recruits must meet the three services’ entry standards.

Services recruitment achievement levels (percentage)

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Target

Intake/percentage

Target

Intake/percentage

Target

Intake/percentage

Target

Intake/percentage

Naval Service

3,753

3,690

3,933

3,940

4,029

13,770

4,272

13,760

98

100

94

88

Army

12,252

11,720

13,402

12,730

13,950

114,300

14,544

114,550

96

95

103

100

RAF

2,209

2,180

1,500

1,480

1,887

1,720

3,085

12,510

99

99

91

81

All services

18,214

17,590

18,835

18,150

19,866

119,790

21,901

120,830

97

96

100

95

1 Due to ongoing JPA data validation the figures are provisional and subject to review. Therefore the tri-service total is provisional.

Notes:

1. Recruiting target figures provided by single services. Figures for FY 2007-08 show position as at 31 January 2008.

2. All intake from civil life figures have been provided by DASA (Quad-Service)—TSP 1. Numbers have been rounded to nearest 10. Due to the rounding methods used, totals may not equal the sum of the parts.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people from Yorkshire and the Humber were recruited into each of the armed services in each year since 2001. (197138)

The information is not held in the format requested to allow the identification of those recruited to the armed forces who originated from a particular region within the UK. It is possible, however, to ascertain the number recruited through the Armed Forces Career Offices within the Yorkshire/Humberside area and these are given in the following table. Please note that figures are not available for RAF personnel before 2003-04 as these were not centrally held. Figures for naval officers are also not included as they are recruited through the auspices of the Officer Career Liaison Offices of which there are six nationwide. These cover too wide a geographical area to provide useful information in this response.

Royal Navy

Royal Marines

Army

RAF

2001-02

282

114

1,334

2002-03

300

92

1,509

2003-04

206

84

1,301

297

2004-05

192

65

1,015

191

2005-06

178

101

1,110

156

2006-07

178

70

1,386

206

2007-08 (as at 25 March)

170

65

1,210

259