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Army: Marines

Volume 498: debated on Monday 2 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many lieutenant colonels there are in the (a) Army and (b) Royal Marines. (296429)

The number of Lieutenant Colonels in (a) the British Army and (b) the Royal Marines is given in the following table:

Lieutenant Colonels in the Regular Army and Royal Marines as at 1 September 2009




Royal Marines


1 Provisional.


The figures are for trained Regular Army and Royal Marines only and therefore exclude Full-Time Reserve Service, Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment, Mobilised Reserves, TA, all other Reserves and Gurkhas, but include those individuals that have transferred from GURTAM to UKTAP.

Due to the implementation of the new Joint Personnel Administration System all Army strength statistics from 1 April 2007, and Naval Service strength statistics from 1 May 2007 are provisional and subject to review.

The numbers have been rounded to 10; numbers ending in “5” have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.