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Armed Forces: Manpower

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many British members of the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) RAF left the service before their term of service was due to end in 2007. (193363)

The following table shows the number of British personnel to leave the UK regular forces1 during the calendar year 2007 (for Naval service and RAF) and during calendar year 2006 for the Army.

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Outflow3 before time expiry







1 Figures are for UK regular forces and therefore include nursing services and exclude full time reserve service personnel, Gurkhas, the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised reservists. It includes trained and untrained personnel.

2 Due to ongoing validation of data from the new Personnel Administration System, all Army Voluntary Applications data from 1 April 2007 are unavailable. Therefore the Army outflow figure is for the calendar year of 2006.

3 Figures include all outflow to civil life excluding time expiry.

4 Data are provisional.


Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10


DASA (Quad-Service)