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Armed Forces: Manpower

Volume 481: debated on Monday 20 October 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required, (b) actual and (c) fit for task strength is of each pinch point trade in the Armed Forces. (226983)

The following table shows the liability, strength and shortfalls, in real numbers and percentage figures, from the single-Service Quarter 1 (June 2008) Pinch Point Registers. The ‘Fit for Task’ strengths are not routinely recorded and the cost of doing so in this instance would be disproportionably high for the Department.

Shortfall

Liability

Strength

Number

Percentage

Royal Navy

Operational Pinch Point Trades

Lt X SM Advanced Warfare Course Qualified

75

68

7

8

RN Harrier GR7 Instructors

7

3

4

57

GR7 Harrier Pilots—Lt

35

18

17

48

Merlin Pilots

112

68

44

39

Merlin Observers

116

63

53

46

Merlin Aircrewmen

102

80

22

22

Leading Seaman General Warfare

1,108

649

459

41

Strategic Weapons Systems Junior Ranks

110

84

26

24

Able Rate Warfare Specialist (Sensors Submariner)

173

134

39

22

Able Rate Warfare Specialist (Tactical Submariner)

121

96

25

21

Able Rate Diver

136

95

41

30

Able Rate 1 Seaman

351

297

54

15

Able Rate 1 Warfare Specialist

754

673

181

24

Able Rate 1 Communications and Information Systems

375

327

48

13

Leading Aircraft Controllers

75

42

33

44

Royal Marines Other Ranks

6,525

6,003

522

8

Sea-King and Lynx Avionics Supervisors

348

284

64

18

Cat A Nuclear Watchkeepers

217

164

53

24

Petty Officer Mine Warfare

56

41

15

27

Cat B Nuclear Watchkeepers

417

340

77

18

Army

Operational Pinch Point Trades

Infantryman Pte-LCpl

14,615

12,968

1,647

11

REME Vehicle Mechanic Pte-Cpl

3,625

3,132

493

14

REME Armourer Pte-Cpl

397

317

80

20

REME Recovery Mechanic LCpl-Cpl

344

216

128

37

Intelligence Operator—Military Intelligence Cpl-Sgt

690

462

228

33

RE Clerk of Works SSgt-WOl

245

246

+1

-0.4

REE OD Cpl-Sgt

222

95

127

57

RA Gunner LBdr-Bdr

5,048

4,330

718

14

RLC Ammo Tech Cpl-SSgt

285

157

128

45

Army

Manning Pinch Point Trades

AMS ITU Nurse Cpl-Capt

121

35

86

71

AMS Emergency Medicine Nurse Cpl-Capt

101

38

63

62

AMS Radiologist Maj

4

1

3

75

AMS Orthopaedic Surg Maj+

13

7

6

46

AMS Gen Surg Maj+

17

10

7

41

AMS Anaesthetist Maj+

49

26

23

53

AMS Gen Med Prac Capt+

153

137

16

10

AMS Radiographer Cpl+

24

10

14

58

AMS Registered General Nurse

293

263

30

10

AMS Operation Department Practitioner Cpl+

95

82

13

14

RA Unmanned Ariel Vehicle Operator (Level 4) LBdr-Bdr

280

237

43

15

RE Mil Engr Geo Spr-WO2

332

292

40

12

RE Mil Engr C3S Spr-LCpl

704

593

111

16

RLC Postal and Courier Op Pte-Cpl

433

350

83

19

RLC Chef Pte-LCpl

1,459

1,366

93

6

RSigs IS Engr Cpl-Sgt

237

202

35

15

AGC(SPS) Mil Admin Pte-Sgt

2,610

2,302

308

12

CAMUS Musician

300

231

69

23

RE ME Fitter Spr-LCpl

549

395

154

28

Royal Air Force

Operational Pinch Point Trades

Medical

274

218

56

20

Pilot (Junior Officer)

1,500

1,284

216

14

Flying Branch(Career Stream) (Senior Officer)

725

685

40

5

Operations Support (Intelligence)

230

230

0

0

Operations Support (Regiment)

263

241

22

8

Operations Support (Flight Operations)

212

202

10

5

Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Nursing Service

177

132

45

25

Weapons System Operator (Air Load Master)

541

453

88

16

Weapons System Operator (Linguist)

66

50

16

24

Air Traffic Controller (ATC) / Flight Operations Manager (FOM)/Flight Operations Assistant (FOA)

1,257

1,213

44

3

Firefighter

545

480

65

12

Gunner

1,792

1,596

196

11

Movements Operator/Controller

866

850

16

2

Military Transport Technician

330

121

19

5

Royal Air Force

Manning Pinch Point Trades

Administration (Training)

228

205

23

10

Chaplains

78

64

14

18

Medical Support

90

78

12

13

Operations Support (Fighter Control)

341

295

46

13

Operations Support (Air Traffic Control)

424

375

49

12

Dental

68

61

7

10

Intelligence Analyst (Communications)

282

229

53

19

Intelligence Analyst (Imagery)

404

361

43

11

Environmental Health Technician

47

37

10

21

Radiographer

11

10

1

9

Mess Manager/Steward

491

445

46

9

Musician

172

153

19

11

Royal Air Force Physical Training Instructor (PTI)

509

480

29

6

SEFitt

614

589

25

4

Staff Nurse (RMN)

30

25

5

17

Lab Tech

15

10

5

33

Med Asst/Admin

587

611

+24

+4

DentHyg

21

18

3

14

Dent Admin/Nurse

134

123

11

8

Pers Admin

1,494

1,432

62

4

Supplier

1,838

1,841

+3

+0.2

MTD

1,111

1,021

90

8

Note:

All percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number.