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Armed Forces: Discharges

Volume 482: debated on Tuesday 11 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many service personnel have been discharged on medical grounds in each year since 2001. (234919)

The number of service personnel medically discharged each year since 2001 is provided in the following table.

Naval service, Army and RAF medical discharges, numbers1 2001-07

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Naval service2

415

390

320

380

395

355

350

Army

1,035

1,020

1,000

1,085

1,045

1,010

1,000

RAF

185

135

250

200

205

240

230

1 Numbers may not add up to the sum of their parts due to rounding.

2 Includes the Royal Navy and the Royal Marines

The processes for administering a medical discharge differ between the three services and as a consequence the numbers have been presented by service rather than annual tri-service totals.