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Armed Forces: Recruitment

Volume 493: debated on Monday 1 June 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many former members of the armed forces in each region have re-enlisted to each (a) service and (b) trade in each year since 2000. (273585)

None of the three Services is able to provide this information by region, as it is not held in the format requested. Information for the Naval Service is available broken down by trade, but this is not possible for the Army and Royal Air Force as the information is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. Total numbers of personnel that have re-enlisted in each year are provided in the following tables.

Re-enlistment into the Naval Service by Trade—Officers1

Financial Year

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Warfare

2

Air

8

9

Engineering

2

Logistics

2

3

1 Figures provided include transfers to the Naval Service from the Army and RAF, and also between RN and RM, in addition to personnel having had previous service in the RN or RM. The numbers include all re-entrants: Trained, those not requiring Phase 2 training; Part-trained, those requiring only Phase 2 training; and untrained, those requiring Phase 1 training.

Re-enlistment into the Naval Service by Trade—Other Ranks

Financial Year

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Warfare

55

31

66

Air

9

8

18

Engineering

66

36

78

Logistics

34

22

24

Medical

8

4

7

Other1

1

3

3

1 Photographer and Physical trainer.

Re-enlistment into the Naval Service—Royal Marines—Officers and Other Ranks

Financial Year

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Officers

2

4

Other Ranks

91

128

103

Re-enlistment into the Army—Officers and Other Ranks

Financial Year

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Number of personnel

260

385

512

486

Re-enlistment into the Royal Air Force—Officers and Other Ranks

Financial Year

2005-06

2006-07

2007-08

2008-09

Number of personnel

10

10

18

13

No information is shown for earlier years because these data are not held in the format requested and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.