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Armed Forces: Labour Turnover

Volume 486: debated on Monday 12 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many newly-commissioned officers joined (a) the Army, (b) the Royal Navy and (c) the Royal Air Force in each year since 1987. (244592)

The information requested is as follows.

Officers can become commissioned:

when they complete training;

while they are still untrained; or

on direct entry to the trained strength.

Newly-commissioned officers can not be derived directly from centrally held records, but the majority of officers become commissioned when they complete training.

The following table shows the number of officers completing training and joining the trained strength of the UK Regular Forces1 by Service from 1999-2000 to 2007-08. Prior to 1999-00 these data could not be derived directly from centrally held records.

1 UK Regular Forces includes Nursing services and excludes Full Time Reserve Service personnel, Gurkhas, the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised reservists. It includes trained and untrained personnel.

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Naval Service

450

420

400

480

470

420

360

1410

1300

Army

560

530

540

590

600

640

630

1620

1610

RAF3

510

520

570

560

570

550

380

2450

2440

1 Denotes data provisional and subject to review

2 Denotes estimated

3 RAF figures for financial years 2006-07 and 2007-08 are estimates derived from the relationship of Untrained to Trained flows with net Gains to Trained Strengths pre the Joint Personnel Administrative (JPA) system.

Note:

Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

DASA (Quad-Service)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many officers left the (a) Army, (b) Royal Navy and (c) Royal Air Force in each year between 1987 and 1997. (244593)

The following table shows the number of officers leaving the UK Regular Forces1 1987-88 to 1996-97 by Service.

1 UK Regular Forces includes Nursing services and excludes Full Time Reserve Service personnel, Gurkhas, the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised reservists. It includes trained and untrained personnel.

1987-88

1988-89

1989-90

1990-91

1991-92

1992-93

1993-94

1994-95

1995-96

1996-97

Naval Service

760

750

820

800

730

830

1,000

670

700

930

Army

1,810

1,690

1,960

1,860

1,930

2,470

2,270

1,940

1,290

1,100

RAF

1,130

1,270

1,200

1,050

900

990

1,200

960

1,190

1,370

Note:

Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.

Source:

DASA (Quad-Service)