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Armed Forces

Volume 496: debated on Thursday 16 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many serving officers there are in each of the three services. (287198)

As at 1 May 2009 the trained strength of UK Regular Forces1 included 6,480 officers in the Naval Service, 13,800 in the Army and 8,420 in the Royal Air Force.

A full breakdown of the strength of UK Regular Forces by officer/other rank, training indicator and service can be found in Tri-Service Publication 1, which is published on a monthly basis at the following link:

Due to ongoing validation of data from the Joint Personnel Administration System, all strength statistics are provisional and subject to review.

1 UK Regular Forces excludes Gurkhas, Full Time Reserve personnel and mobilised reservists.