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Armed Forces: Training

Volume 491: debated on Monday 20 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the wastage rates from (a) phase 1 and (b) phase 2 training were in each year since 1997. (269187)

Wastage rates of cohorts including phase 1 and phase 2 training for each year since 1997 is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The following table shows outflow from the untrained UK Regular Forces split by service and rank for each financial year from 1997-98 to 2007-08.

Outflow1 of untrained UK Regular Forces2 by Service

1997-98

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

All Services

5,960

8,450

8,560

7,350

6,770

7,250

6,950

5,830

5,130

36,290

36,670

Officers

240

390

330

380

320

350

310

340

220

3370

3480

Other Ranks

5,720

8,060

8,230

6,970

6,450

6,900

6,640

5,490

4,910

35,920

36,190

Naval Service

1,200

1,470

1,680

1,510

1,760

1,740

1,340

1,050

1,190

31,120

31,230

Officers

120

80

70

80

80

120

90

90

90

3100

3120

Other Ranks

1,080

1,390

1,610

1,430

1,680

1,620

1,250

960

1,100

31,020

31,110

Army

4,260

6,290

6,200

5,160

4,390

4,880

5,020

4,330

3,690

34,840

34,860

Officers

80

260

220

260

190

180

170

200

90

3220

3330

Other Ranks

4,180

6,030

5,980

4,900

4,200

4,700

4,850

4,130

3,600

34,620

34,530

Royal Air Force

490

690

680

680

620

630

570

460

250

330

3590

Officers

40

50

40

40

50

50

40

60

30

50

330

Other Ranks

450

640

640

640

570

580

530

400

220

280

3560

1 Outflow from UK Regular Forces includes death and outflow to civil life including recalled reservists on release and outflow to the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment, which was disbanded on 31 March 2008.

2 UK Regular Forces includes all trained and untrained personnel. Gurkhas, Full Time Reserve personnel, and mobilised reservists are excluded.

3 Provisional. Due to ongoing validation of data from the Joint Personnel Administration System, all Naval Service and Army flow statistics for financial year 2006-07 and 2007-08 and all RAF flow statistics for financial year 2007-08 are provisional and subject to review.

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) target and (b) actual number of gains to trained strength for (i) officers and (ii) other ranks in each service was since 1997. (269188)

The targets and total number of gains to trained strength for officers and other ranks in each service since financial year 1997-98 are shown in the following table.

Gains to trained strength1 for UK regular forces2

1997-983

1998-99

1999-2000

2000-01

2001-02

2002-03

2003-04

2004-05

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

Naval Service

Target

6

6

6

6

3,330

3,320

3,430

3,140

3,090

3,370

3,320

Achieved

6

2,820

3,720

3,090

2,870

3,390

3,210

2,650

2,650

42,660

43,480

Officers

Target

6

6

6

6

440

430

430

470

420

410

400

Achieved

6

270

450

420

400

480

470

420

360

4410

4300

Other Ranks

Target

6

6

6

6

2,890

2,890

3,000

2,670

2,680

2,960

2,920

Achieved

6

2,540

3,270

2,670

2,470

2,920

2,740

2,240

2,290

42,250

43,180

Army

Target

6

6

6

6

6

6

10,010

9,320

9,870

9,700

9,850

Achieved

6

8,970

10,040

9,670

9,400

10,740

10,990

9,590

8,400

48,750

48,300

Officer

Target

6

6

6

6

6

6

610

620

640

650

650

Achieved

6

620

560

530

540

590

600

640

630

4620

4610

Other Ranks

Target

6

6

6

10,623

9,440

9,840

9,400

8,700

9,230

9,050

9,200

Achieved

6

8,350

9,490

9,140

8,870

10,150

10,390

8,950

7,770

48,130

47,690

Royal Air Force

Target

3,170

3,590

3,350

3,470

3,670

4,010

4,290

3,550

2,170

1,700

1,660

Achieved

6

3,450

3,440

3,110

3,210

3,360

3,640

3,310

2,190

51,500

51,580

Officer

Target

510

660

620

600

640

720

730

570

370

500

330

Achieved

6

520

510

520

570

560

570

550

380

5450

5440

Other Ranks

Target

2,660

2,940

2,720

2,870

3,030

3,290

3,560

2,980

1,800

1,200

1,330

Achieved

6

2,930

2,920

2,590

2,630

2,800

3,070

2,760

1,800

51,050

51,140

1 Figures relate to personnel completing training and joining the trained strength. Direct entries to the trained strength, such as trained re-entrants, professionally qualified officers (PQO) are excluded.

2 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.

3 Prior to 1998-99 the achieved number of gains to trained strength could not be derived directly from centrally held records. Due to ongoing validation of data from the Joint Personnel Administration System, all Naval Service flow statistics from the 12 month period ending 31 October 2006, all Army flow statistics from period ending 31 March 2007 and all RAF flow statistics from the 12 month period ending 30 April 2007 are provisional and subject to review.

4 Provisional

5 Provisional estimate

6 Data unavailable

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) required and (b) actual strength of each Volunteer Reserve service is. (269189)

The establishment and strength of the Reserve Forces, as at 28 February 2009, is provided in the following table.

RMR

RNR

TA1 (Group A only)

RAuxAF

Establishment

970

2,286

38,500

2,002

Strength

868

2,020

28,920

1,418

1 TA Establishment figure excludes all 3,500 UOTC. TA Strength figure excludes TA Group B, UOTC, FTRS, Sponsored Reserves and NRPS.