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Armed Forces: Dismissal

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many (a) senior and (b) junior officers and personnel at (i) senior and (ii) junior ranks in each service have been compulsorily discharged in each year since 2006-07. (275121)

The tables provided show the numbers of personnel in the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force that have been compulsorily discharged in each year since 2006-07. The Army is unable to provide this information as it is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. The Navy figures are for administrative and disciplinary discharge only as all other information could be provided only at disproportionate cost. During this period, the RAF was engaged in a significant redundancy programme to meet manning targets and this is reflected in the table. The RAF figures include personnel who have been discharged under the following exit methods: Administrative and Disciplinary, Medically Unfit and Compulsory and Voluntary Redundancy.

Royal Navy—Officers

Calendar Year

2006

2007

2008

Senior Officers

1

1

1

Junior Officers

28

35

43

1 Figures that are less than five are withheld to avoid disclosure of sensitive information

Royal NavyOther Ranks

Calendar Year

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Senior Rates

1

1

Junior Rates

11

16

13

1 Figures that are less than five are withheld to avoid disclosure of sensitive information

Royal Air ForceOfficersl

Financial Year

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Senior Officers

80

59

Junior Officers

30

35

13

1 Figures are provisional.

Royal Air ForceOther Ranksl

Financial Year

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Senior Ranks

594

341

42

Junior Ranks

524

607

177

1 Figures are provisional.