The information is not held in the format requested. Nevertheless, I am able to provide the following details of the overall number of UK based (i.e. not Commonwealth) ethnic minority (EM) recruits:
Intake goal UK EM goals (Percentage) Applicants Number Percentage Naval Service 3.5 223 85 2.1 Army 4.3 197 413 3.6 RAF 3.6 353 52 1.8 1 Army officer applicants only: Other ranks details not available due to problems with new management information system.
UK EM goals (Percentage)
1 Army officer applicants only: Other ranks details not available due to problems with new management information system.
Departmental UK EM recruiting goals form part of the overall armed forces EM representation goal (8 per cent. by 2013). A new round of UK EM recruiting goals began in financial year 2006-07. From 1 April 2006, and for the next four years the goals were set at 0.5 per cent. above the previous year's achievement for each service, or rolling forward the previous year's target—whichever was higher. The UK EM recruiting goals for FY 2008-09 are therefore:
Naval Service: 3.5 per cent;
Army: 4.3 per cent;
RAF: 3.6 per cent.
Where a care leaver under the age of 18 wishes to join the armed forces, the local authority will be required to sign the consent form in lieu of a parent. Where the individual is over the age of 18, they may choose to tell the armed forces but there is no obligation on them to do so.
The services recognise the local authority’s statutory responsibility to take reasonable steps to keep in touch, or to re-establish contact if lost, with their care leavers, up to the age of 21. They will forward correspondence from local authorities to the individuals concerned. Care leavers are offered the support of the single service welfare services who may also liaise with the appropriate local authority on their behalf if necessary, and given access, should they request it, to the responsible local authority’s services to which they are entitled.
In addition, an identified care leaver being discharged early (i.e. with the less than four years of service) will be classified as a potentially vulnerable service leaver and offered additional assistance with housing, employment and other support as required.