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Armed Forces: Foreigners

Volume 488: debated on Friday 27 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many foreign nationals are serving in the armed forces, broken down by (a) country of origin and (b) service. (257446)

Country of origin data are not currently available due to an ongoing data validation of the Ministry of Defence Joint Personnel Administrative system (JPA). The following tables show the number of non-British nationals currently serving in the trained UK Regular armed forces as at 1 December 2008 by recorded nationality category on JPA and service.

Number

Navy total non-UK

630

Navy Commonwealth1

580

Australian

10

Barbadian

2

Botswanan

2

Cameroonian

2

Canadian

20

Citizen of Fiji

100

Citizen of Sri Lanka

2

Dominican

10

Gambian

10

Ghanaian

10

Grenadian

2

Guyanese

2

Indian

10

Jamaican

30

Kenyan

10

Malawian

10

Malaysian

2

Maltese

2

Mauritian

2

New Zealander

10

Nigerian

10

Pakistani

2

Sierra Leonean

2

South African

60

St. Lucian

10

Trinidad and Tobago citizen

30

Ugandan

2

Vincentian

200

Zambian

10

Zimbabwean

20

Navy other foreign

60

Dutch

2

Irish

50

Ukrainian

2

United States citizen

2

1 Includes Zimbabwean and Fijian citizens, who continue to retain Commonwealth status under the British Nationality Act 1981.

2 Denotes fewer than five.

Notes:

1. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Figures are provisional due to ongoing validation of data from the Joint Personnel Administration System.

3. Figures are for trained UK Regular forces, and therefore exclude Gurkhas, Full Time Reserve Service personnel and mobilised reservists.

Source:

DASA (Quad-Service)

Number

Army total non-UK

6,770

Army Commonwealth1

6,320

Antiguan

2

Australian

60

Bahamian

2

Bangladeshi

10

Barbadian

10

Belizean

2

Botswanan

10

British Commonwealth

10

Cameroonian

40

Canadian

50

Citizen of Fiji

2,110

Citizen of Seychelles

10

Citizen of Sri Lanka

10

Citizen of St. Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis

2

Dominican

20

Gambian

150

Ghanaian

730

Grenadian

50

Guyanese

20

Indian

70

Jamaican

600

Kenyan

120

Malawian

160

Malaysian

2

Maltese

2

Mauritian

40

Namibian

2

New Zealander

60

Nigerian

110

Pakistani

10

Papua New Guinean

2

Sierra Leonean

40

Singaporean

2

South African

760

St. Lucian

190

Swazi

10

Tanzanian

2

Tongan

10

Trinidad and Tobago citizen

70

Ugandan

70

Vincentian

230

Zambian

20

Zimbabwean

440

Army other foreign

450

Afghan

2

Brazilian

2

Filipino

2

Foreign

2

French

2

German

2

Greek

2

Irish

210

Mauritanian

2

Nepalese

220

Swiss

2

United States citizen

2

1 Includes Zimbabwean and Fijian citizens, who continue to retain Commonwealth status under the British Nationality Act 1981.

2 Denotes fewer than five.

Notes:

1. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Figures are provisional due to ongoing validation of data from the Joint Personnel Administration System.

3. Figures are for trained UK Regular forces, and therefore exclude Gurkhas, Full Time Reserve Service personnel and mobilised reservists.

Source:

DASA (Quad-Service)

Number

Royal Air Force total non-UK

90

Royal Air Force Commonwealth1

60

Australian

2

Canadian

2

Citizen of Fiji

10

Citizen of Sri Lanka

2

Ghanaian

2

Grenadian

2

Indian

2

Jamaican

10

Kenyan

2

Malawian

2

Malaysian

2

Mauritian

2

New Zealander

2

South African

10

St. Lucian

2

Trinidad and Tobago citizen

10

Vincentian

2

Zimbabwean

2

Royal Air Force other foreign

30

Irish

20

United States citizen

2

1 Includes Zimbabwean and Fijian citizens, who continue to retain Commonwealth status under the British Nationality Act 1981.

2 Denotes fewer than five.

Notes:

1. Numbers are rounded to the nearest 10.

2. Figures are provisional due to ongoing validation of data from the Joint Personnel Administration System.

3. Figures are for trained UK Regular forces, and therefore exclude Gurkhas, Full Time Reserve Service personnel and mobilised reservists.

Source:

DASA (Quad-Service)