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Armed Forces: Manpower

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the current (a) required and (b) actual strength of each service is, broken down by rank. (203207)

The latest available figures for (a) full-time trained armed forces requirements and (b) full time trained armed forces strengths are presented as follows:

Naval service full-time trained strengths and requirements1 by NATO rank

Naval service

Paid rank

Requirement as at 1 March 2008

Strength as at 1 March 20082

Officers3

OF9

*

4

OF8

10

410

OF7

30

430

OF6

60

480

OF5

270

4290

OF4

1,140

41,110

OF3

2,180

42,380

OF2

2,900

42,660

OF1/OF(D)

70

470

Other ranks

OR9

860

4830

OR8

900

4810

OR7

4,120

44,370

OR6

5,210

44,760

OR4

6,820

46,310

OR35

*

4620

OR2

11,770

410,680

Total full time trained strength and requirement

36,360

435,000

* = Zero or rounded to zero.

1 The full time trained strength and the trained requirement both comprise trained UK regular forces, trained Gurkhas, FTRS (full time reserve service) personnel and nursing services. They do not include the home service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment or mobilised reservists.

2 FTRS strength figures include full commitment (FC), home commitment (HC) and limited commitment (LC) individuals. For the Army, FC and LC individuals serve against the requirement while HC individuals fill posts specifically for FTRS personnel. For the RAF, FC individuals serve against the requirement while HC and LC individuals fill posts specifically for FTRS personnel. All Navy FTRS individuals serve against the requirement.

3 No services have personnel at NATO Rank OF-10.

4 Provisional.

5 The naval service has no personnel at substantive rank OR-3 and no requirement at this rank. Marines with a substantive rank of OR-2 but acting as Corporal are recorded as paid rank OR-3, which aligns with the recognised rank of Lance Corporal in the Army.

Notes:

1. The requirement and strength figures have been rounded to the nearest 10 and figures ending in five have been rounded to 20 to prevent bias, therefore totals may not always equal the sum of the parts.

2. Due to ongoing validation of data from the new Personnel Administration System, Army statistics from 1 April 2007 are provisional. All naval service and RAF statistics from 1 May 2007 are provisional and subject to review.

Army full-time trained strengths and requirements1 by NATO rank

Army

Paid rank

Requirement as at 1 March 2008

Strength as at 1 March 20082

Officers3

OF9

*

410

OF8

20

420

OF7

40

440

OF6

170

4180

OF5

550

4590

OF4

1,710

41,790

OF3

4,280

44,950

OF2

4,840

44,920

OF1

1,880

41,720

Other ranks

OR9

1,420

41,730

OR8

4,280

44,800

OR7

5,830

46,200

OR6

10,540

410,490

OR4

16,720

415,770

OR3

18,280

416,980

OR1/OR2

31,280

427,970

Total full time trained strength and requirement

101,800

498,170

* = Zero or rounded to zero.

1 The full time trained strength and the trained requirement both comprise trained UK regular forces, trained Gurkhas, FTRS (full time reserve service) personnel and nursing services. They do not include the home service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment or mobilised reservists.

2 FTRS strength figures include full commitment (FC), home commitment (HC) and limited commitment (LC) individuals. For the Army, FC and LC individuals serve against the requirement while HC individuals fill posts specifically for FTRS personnel. For the RAF, FC individuals serve against the requirement while HC and LC individuals fill posts specifically for FTRS personnel. All Navy FTRS individuals serve against the requirement.

3 No services have personnel at NATO Rank OF-10.

4 Provisional.

Notes:

1. The requirement and strength figures have been rounded to the nearest 10 and figures ending in five have been rounded to 20 to prevent bias, therefore totals may not always equal the sum of the parts.

2. Due to ongoing validation of data from the new Personnel Administration System, Army statistics from 1 April 2007 are provisional. All naval service and RAF statistics from 1 May 2007 are provisional and subject to review.

RAF full-time trained Strengths and Requirements1 by NATO Rank

RAF

Paid rank

Requirement as at 1 April 20082,3

Strength as at 1 March 20084

Officers5

OF6-OF9

6100

6130

OF5

6250

6310

OF4

61,180

61,240

OF3

62,500

62,660

OF1-OF2

64,880

64,460

Total officers

68,920

68,800

Other ranks7

OR9

61,070

61,150

OR7

63,230

63,350

OR6

66,920

66,570

OR4

68,790

68,740

OR1/OR2

612,270

612,140

Total other ranks

632,290

631,950

Total full time trained strength and requirement

641,210

640,750

1 The full time trained strength and the trained requirement both comprise trained UK regular forces, trained Gurkhas, FTRS (full time reserve service) personnel and nursing services. They do not include the home service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment or mobilised reservists.

2 There is no Royal Air Force stated requirement for 1 March 2008 therefore the 1 April 2008 requirement has been provided.

3 For the RAF, including the FTRS, there is no agreed breakdown by rank for the 1 April 2008 regular requirement. Requirement by rank has been derived by calculating the proportion of total strength for each rank and applying these proportions to the total requirement. FTRS requirement is 180 officers and 220 other ranks, and has been included on the same basis.

4 FTRS strength figures include full commitment (FC), home commitment (HC) and limited commitment (LC) individuals. For the Army, FC and LC individuals serve against the requirement while HC individuals fill posts specifically for FTRS personnel. For the RAF, FC individuals serve against the requirement while HC and LC individuals fill posts specifically for FTRS personnel. All Navy FTRS individuals serve against the requirement.

5 The Royal Air Force does not produce a rank breakdown of requirement for OF-6 to OF-9.

6 Provisional.

7 The Royal Air Force has no personnel at NATO ranks OR-3 or OR-8.

Notes:

1. The requirement and strength figures have been rounded to the nearest 10 and figures ending in five have been rounded to 20 to prevent bias, therefore totals may not always equal the sum of the parts.

2. Due to ongoing validation of data from the new Personnel Administration System, Army statistics from 1 April 2007 are provisional. All naval service and RAF statistics from 1 May 2007 are provisional and subject to review.