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Military Bands: Manpower

Volume 476: debated on Monday 2 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) military and (b) naval (i) bandsmen and (ii) bandswomen there were in each year since 1997. (207279)

The number of trained Regular Army musicians serving each year since 1997, broken down by gender is shown as follows:

Male

Female

1997

1,030

20

1998

1,000

40

1999

960

50

2000

950

60

2001

930

60

2002

920

70

2003

910

80

2004

900

90

2005

850

90

2006

790

90

2007

730

90

2008

700

110

Since 1996, the Royal Marines Band Service (RMBS) has had a requirement for 356 trained musicians and buglers, comprising 12 officers and 344 other ranks. The actual strength by gender as at 22 May 2008 is 259 males and 70 females. A breakdown of actual strength by year is not available.