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Armed Forces: Manpower

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) trained requirement, (b) trained strength and (c) fit for duty strength is of each service in the armed forces. (305017)

The latest trained requirement and strength of each service is provided in the following table.

Trained requirement

Trained strength

Percentage requirement

1 October 2009

Royal Navy

35,660

34,980

98.1

Army

101,980

100,450

98.5

RAF

40,860

39,460

96.6

The MOD is currently in the process of modifying the criteria against which it collates management information on the medical fitness of service personnel. Whereas previously we have measured the medical “fitness for task” of service personnel, we are now moving to a process of measuring the numbers who are medically “fully deployable”, “limited deployable” and “non-deployable”. This will help us to focus our efforts on maximising the numbers available to deploy on operations.

We have been working on the collection and validation of figures recorded against the new criteria, using data obtained from the Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) system. The aim is to provide reliable, validated data by spring 2010.