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Army: Manpower

Volume 474: debated on Wednesday 2 April 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) mean, (b) median and (c) mode length of service of (i) UK nationals and (ii) non-UK nationals in the British Army was in each of the last 10 years. (194551)

This question has been assumed as mean, median and mode return of service and is therefore based on the length of service of those that outflowed during the period.

Non-UK nationals have only been recruited into the Army in significant numbers since 1999 and so a comparatively small number have had the opportunity to serve a full career. This is reflected in the number that have outflowed and the mean, mode and median calculations.

The following tables show the mean, mode and median length of service on outflow for trained regular army direct entry and late entry officers and other ranks. Because of the very small population of outflow from non-UK nationals this information is not comparable with the outflow from UK nationals.

Direct entry officers

UK nationals

Non-UK nationals

Financial year of outflow

Mean

Mode

Median

Number of outflow

Mean

Mode

Median

Number of outflow

2006-071

16 years 2 months

6 years

16 years

710

13 years 9 months

4 and 9 years

9 years

20

2005-06

17 years

6 and 34 years

14 years

660

11 years 5 months

5 and 6 years

7 years

30

2004-05

16 years 9 months

6 years

14 years

630

11 years 2 months

4 years

6 years

20

2003-04

17 years 3 months

5 and 34 years

16 years

570

13 years 3 months

4 and 34 years

8 years

10

2002-03

17 years 11 months

34 years

16 years

570

7 years 10 months

34 years

5 years

20

2001-02

17 years 4 months

34 years

16 years

650

16 years 11 months

6 years

10 years

10

2000-01

16 years

4 years

12 years

650

13 years 4 months

16 years

11 years

20

1999-2000

16 years 7 months

34 years

12 years

630

11 years 10 months

6 years

8 years

20

1998-99

14 years 11 months

4 years

9 years

750

11 years 3 months

5 and 8 years

8 years

20

1997-98

14 years 11 months

6 years

9 years

650

13 years 4 months

7 years

8 years

20

Late entry officers

UK nationals

Non-UK nationals

Financial year of outflow

Mean

Mode

Median

Number of outflow

Mean

Mode

Median

Number of outflow

2006-071

9 years 6 months

3 and 4 years

9 years

260

10 years 6 months

7 and 8 years

8 years

10

2005-06

10 years 6 months

6 years

10 years

280

10 years 8 months

4 years

10 years

10

2004-05

10 years 10 months

14 years

11 years

230

11 years 4 months

6 and 10 years

10 years

10

2003-04

11 years 8 months

15 and 16 years

12 years

182

11 years 10 months

2

9 years

0

2002-03

11 years 11 months

15 years

12 years

200

17 years 3 months

16 years

17 years

0

2001-02

12 years 3 months

15 years

12 years

220

19 years 3 months

19 years

19 years

0

2000-01

12 years

14 years

12 years

210

14 years 6 months

2

14 years

0

1999-2000

11 years 8 months

6 years

11 years

190

14 years 3 months

2

15 years

0

1998-99

11 years 11 months

5 years

12 years

230

9 years 10 months

2

5 years

0

1997-98

10 years 2 months

5 years

9 years

260

12 years

11 years

11 years

0

Other ranks

UK nationals

Non-UK nationals

Financial year of outflow

Mean

Mode

Median

Number of outflow

Mean

Mode

Median

Number of outflow

2006/071

10 years 2 months

22 years

6 years

9,210

5 years 5 months

4 years

4 years

420

2005-06

10 years 6 months

22 years

6 years

10,130

5 years 6 months

4 years

4 years

290

2004-05

9 years 5 months

22 years

6 years

10,420

4 years 8 months

4 years

3 years

250

2003-04

9 years 5 months

22 years

6 years

9,220

4 years 1 month

1 year

3 years

190

2002-03

9 years 11 months

22 years

6 years

9,370

6 years 8 months

3 years

4 years

160

2001-02

9 years 9 months

22 years

6 years

9,570

6 years 7 months

22 years

5 years

130

2000-01

9 years 11 months

22 years

7 years

9,630

8 years 3 months

3 years

4 years

110

1999-2000

10 years

22 years

7 years

9,440

11 years

22 years

8 years

110

1998-99

9 years 9 months

22 years

7 years

10,100

9 years 6 months

3 years

6 years

100

1997-98

9 years 9 months

22 years

7 years

9,560

10 years 8 months

22 years

7 years

100

1 The financial year 2006-07 is for an 11 month period from 1 April 2006 to 28 February 2007.

2 Due to insufficient numbers of outflow we are unable to publish the mode without disclosing sensitive personal data.

Notes:

1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10 to prevent disclosure of sensitive personal data.

2. ‘0’ Denotes zero or rounded to zero.

3. UK nationals equal personnel with a nationality at birth of UK or UK dependency

4. Non-UK Nationals equal personnel with a nationality at birth of Commonwealth(excluding UK), Eire and other.