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Territorial Army: Officers

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many potential Territorial Army officers are undergoing training. (203178)

The Brigade Regional Training Centres are the primary source of young officers into the Territorial Army. There are currently 284 potential officers under training through these centres.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many Territorial Army (TA) officers were commissioned into the TA in each year since 1997; (203189)

(2) how many Territorial Army officers left the Territorial Army in each year since 1997.

The following table shows the total intake and outflow for Territorial Army Officers during the period 1 October 2003 to 28 February 2007. October 2003 is the earliest date for which reliable TA inflow and outflow data are available.

Inflow and outflow of Territorial Army officers by calendar year1,2,3,4

Calendar year

Inflow5

Outflow6

20037

130

80

2004

490

630

2005

390

560

2006

370

600

20078,9

50

120

1 The data exclude Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS), Non-Regular Permanent Staff (NRPS) and Mobilised TA.

2 The data are based on flows during the period 1 October 2003 to 31 December 2003, calendar years 2004, 2005, and 2006, and the period 1 January 2007 to 28 February 2007.

3 The data have been rounded to the nearest 10, numbers ending in ‘5’ have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to avoid systematic bias.

4 Figures are for officers only.

5 Inflow figures include all inflow e.g. intake from civil life and intake from other parts of the armed forces, but does not include the inflow of personnel returning from mobilisation.

6 Outflow figures exclude those officers who become mobilised.

7 1 October to 31 December 2003.

8 1 January to 28 February 2007.

9 Due to the ongoing data validation following the introduction of the Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) System, there are no TA flows information available after 1 March 2007.