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Reserve Forces: Recruitment

Volume 477: debated on Thursday 19 June 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what (a) target and (b) actual recruitment to the (i) Territorial Army, (ii) Royal Marines Reserves, (iii) Royal Navy Reserve and (iv) Royal Air Force Reserves was in each year since 1997. (210694)

The following table shows intake to the Territorial Army. Calendar year 2004 is the earliest year for which reliable TA intake data are available. Recruitment targets are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Intake1 against target for the Territorial Army2

Intake

Target3

Calendar year

2004

7,690

2005

8,650

2006

8,560

January to February 20074

1,020

1 Intake figures include all intake 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.

2 The data exclude Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS), Non-Regular Permanent Staff (NRPS) and Mobilised TA but includes the Officer Training Corps (OTC).

3 Territorial Army targets were the responsibility of individual units and not held centrally until 2007.

4 Due to ongoing data validation following the introduction of the new Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) System, there is no TA intake information available since 1 March 2007. As such the figure for 2007 represents the period 1 January 2007 to 28 February 2007.

Note:

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.

Source:

DASA (Army)

The following table shows intake to the Royal Naval Reserve and Royal Marine Reserve against target intake.

Intake against target for the Royal Naval Reserve1 and Royal Marine Reserve2

Royal Naval Reserve

Royal Marine Reserve

Intake

Target

Intake

Target

2001-02

680

n/a

n/a

n/a

2002-03

550

n/a

n/a

n/a

2003-04

280

n/a

n/a

n/a

2004-05

200

n/a

n/a

n/a

2005-06

270

n/a

n/a

n/a

2006-07

170

450

140

250

2007-08

160

580

240

500

n/a = Not available

1 Royal Naval Reserve intake data are not held centrally prior to April 2001. Recruitment targets are not held centrally prior to April 2006.

2 Royal Marine Reserve data are not held centrally prior to April 2006

Note:

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.

Source:

Fleet DNPERS

The following table shows intake to the Royal Auxiliary Air Force against target intake.

Intake1 against target for the Royal Auxiliary Air Force

Financial year

Intake

Target

2003-04

260

500

2004-05

260

500

2005-06

240

500

2006-07

320

500

2007-08

330

480

1 Royal Auxiliary Air Force intake data are not held centrally and consequently recruitment data against targets are not available prior to April 2003 without incurring disproportionate cost.

Note:

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.

Source:

Air Personnel