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Armed Forces: Separation

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 15 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the separation rate was for married personnel in each service in each year since 1997, broken down by (a) officers, (b) other ranks and (c) all ranks. (205128)

The information is not held in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The following table shows annual divorce rates1 for Army and RAF UK Regular Forces2 personnel for each calendar year since 1997 up until the most recent data available, by officers and ranks. Naval service data are not available as the naval service groups ‘separated’, ‘divorced’ and ‘widowed’ together.

1 Rates are calculated as a percentage of the average married strength during the calendar years. The term ‘divorce’ includes ‘decree absolute’ and ‘marriage annulled’. It excludes ‘decree nisi’ and individuals who are separated.

2 UK regular forces includes nursing services and excludes full-time reserve service personnel, Ghurkhas, the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised reservists. It includes trained and untrained personnel.

Percentage

1997

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

20061, 2

Army2

All

4

4

2.1

2.3

2.2

2.6

2.4

2.4

2.1

1.9

Officers

4

4

0.9

1.1

0.9

1.4

1.1

1.0

1.1

1.1

Ranks

4

4

2.3

2.5

2.5

2.9

2.7

2.7

2.4

2.1

RAF

All

4

1.6

1.6

1.8

1.8

1.8

1.7

1.9

1.9

4

Officers

4

1.0

0.9

1.4

1.5

1.3

1.1

1.2

1.5

4

Ranks

4

1.8

1.8

1.9

1.9

2.0

1.8

2.0

1.8

4

1 Figures for 2006 are for the most recently available 12 months which cover the period up to 1 December 2006.

2 Following the phased introduction of a new personnel administration system, marital status data are no longer available. This table shows the most recently available data.

3 For the years 1999, 2000 and 2001, annulments are excluded from the calculations for divorce rates, as the information was not available, however the remaining years do include annulments in their calculation.

4 Denotes data is unavailable.

Note:

Percentages are calculated from unrounded figures and are shown to one decimal place.