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Army: Manpower

Volume 479: debated on Monday 29 September 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) authorised establishment and (b) number of vacancies of each (i) battalion and (ii) other definition of army unit is; and what the comparative figures were on the same date in each of the calendar years (i) 2005, (ii) 2006 and (iii) 2007. (223466)

[holding answer 15 November 2008]: The figures requested are shown as follows. The data are shown by cap badge since this information is not collated at battalion level.

Liability

Deficit (-)/Surplus(+)

2008

Staff—Senior Officers

747

83

Royal Armoured Corps

5,674

-109

Royal Artillery

7,424

-324

Royal Engineers

9,567

-202

Royal Signals

8,310

-345

Infantry

23,304

-364

Army Air Corps

2,096

-66

Chaplains

160

-20

Royal Logistic Corps

16,183

-988

Royal Army Medical Corps

3,254

-254

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

9,896

-410

Adjutant General’s Corps

6,625

-605

Royal Army Veterinary Corps

205

65

Small Arms School Corps

144

6

Royal Army Dental Corps

495

-110

Intelligence Corps

1,624

-124

Army Physical Training Corps

432

23

Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps

1,158

-303

Corps of Army Music

888

-68

General Service Corps

0

10

Long Service List

621

-36

Not Known1

0

25

Gurkha

2,993

577

2007

Staff (Senior Officers)

747

103

Royal Armoured Corps

5,674

-189

Royal Artillery

7,424

-389

Royal Engineers

9,567

-572

Royal Signals

8,310

-60

Infantry

23,304

-229

Army Air Corps

2,096

-51

Chaplains

160

-15

Royal Logistic Corps

16,183

-703

Royal Army Medical Corps

3,254

-304

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

9,896

-311

Adjutant General’s Corps

6,625

-305

Royal Army Veterinary Corps

205

20

Small Arms School Corps

144

1

Royal Army Dental Corps

495

-135

Intelligence Corps

1,624

-129

Army Physical Training Corps

432

8

Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps

1,158

-318

Corps of Army Music

888

-33

General Service Corps

0

10

Long Service List

621

-21

Not Known

Gurkha

2,993

347

2006

Staff (Senior Officers)

725

100

Royal Armoured Corps

5,790

-315

Royal Artillery

7,480

-195

Royal Engineers

9,455

-685

Royal Signals

8,440

25

Infantry

24,620

-845

Army Air Corps

2,010

10

Chaplains

135

5

Royal Logistic Corps

15,705

-75

Royal Army Medical Corps

3,271

-360

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

9,680

50

Adjutant General’s Corps

6,245

441

Royal Army Veterinary Corps

190

Small Arms School Corps

145

10

Royal Army Dental Corps

420

-56

Intelligence Corps

1,545

-70

Army Physical Training Corps

420

40

Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps

1,075

-230

Corps of Army Music

880

20

General Service Corps

Long Service List

485

120

Not Known

Gurkha

3,372

-63

2005

Staff (Senior Officers)

830

Royal Armoured Corps

5,295

390

Royal Artillery

7,580

-85

Royal Engineers

10,020

-1,165

Royal Signals

8,550

200

Infantry

24,420

481

Army Air Corps

2,160

-225

Chaplains

160

-20

Royal Logistic Corps

16,385

-790

Royal Army Medical Corps

3,280

-495

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

9,575

185

Adjutant General’s Corps

6,870

170

Royal Army Veterinary Corps

200

-10

Small Arms School Corps

155

Royal Army Dental Corps

441

-70

Intelligence Corps

1,835

-410

Army Physical Training Corps

446

-10

Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps

1,100

-290

Corps of Army Music

925

40

General Service Corps

Long Service List

485

130

Not Known

Gurkha

3,372

-62

1 The explanation for a ‘Not Known’ category appearing in 2008 is that a very few personnel have not yet been categorised by the Joint Personnel Administration system.