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Armed Forces: Discharges

Volume 507: debated on Wednesday 17 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many and what proportion of personnel of each of the armed forces were administratively discharged in each year since 2001. (320773)

[holding answer 5 March 2010]: The term administrative discharge is applied to those service personnel who are to be dismissed from the armed forces for which there is no specific exit category. Service personnel may be administratively discharged as a result of a range of factors including: civil conviction, failing to maintain a level of physical fitness to pass a fitness test despite undertaking remedial training, financial mismanagement, persistent poor conduct and failing a random drug test. The following tables provide information on the total administrative outflow since 2001:

Table 1: Administrative discharges in respect of the naval service

Naval service

Administrative discharge

Proportion of all discharged (percentage)

2001-02

1,500

28.4

2002-03

1,420

29.6

2003-04

1,320

28.3

2004-05

1,350

29.6

2005-06

1,130

25.9

2006-07

1,000

23.1

2007-08

1,090

24.6

2008-09

660

23.0

Table 2: Administrative discharges in respect of the Army

Army

Administrative discharge

Proportion of all discharged (percentage)

2001-02

6,460

45.5

2002-03

6,950

48.5

2003-04

7,230

50.7

2004-05

6,940

47.1

2005-06

6,070

43.1

2006-071

6,750

47.7

2007-08

2

2

2008-09

2

2

1 Data are for an 11 month period from legacy systems prior to JPA.

2 Not held centrally.

Table 3: Administrative discharges in respect of the Royal Air Force

Royal Air Force

Administrative discharge

Proportion of all discharged (percentage)

2001-02

750

16.5

2002-03

990

23.3

2003-04

1,210

29.9

2004-05

940

25.3

2005-06

730

15.9

2006-071

1,660

32.7

2007-08

1,950

38.7

2008-09

1,360

31.6

1 Introduction of new administrative discharge procedures under Queen’s Regulations

Note:

Data have been rounded to the nearest 10.

All data have been gathered from legacy systems and JPA. The Army are continuing data cleansing and improvement exercises. As a result figures are not held centrally, at this time, in respect of those Army personnel administratively discharged after 2006.