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Army: Deployment

Volume 497: debated on Tuesday 13 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence (1) how many and what proportion of personnel in the Army are deployable; (289981)

(2) how many and what proportion of personnel in the Army were deployable in each year since 2001.

The Army collates deployability figures for its deployable elements only, not its total trained strength.

The following table provides the information requested on a quarterly basis since March 2007. Figures before that date are not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

Date

Number of personnel within deployable units

Number of deployable personnel

Percentage of personnel deployable

March 2007

70,140

63,365

90.3

June 2007

70,100

63,650

90.8

September 2007

68,030

62,020

91.2

December 2007

67,355

61,000

90.6

March 2008

70,230

64,130

91.3

June 2008

69,700

63,780

91.5

September 2008

72,780

65,640

90.2

December 2008

73,240

65,950

90.0

March 2009

73,735

66,400

90.1

June 2009

76,800

68,930

89.8

Note:

Personnel numbers are rounded to the nearest 10; percentages to one decimal point.