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Armed Forces: Trained Strength

Volume 686: debated on Wednesday 8 November 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What is the current trained strength of (a) regular; and (b) reserve personnel in (i) the Army; (ii) the Royal Navy; and (iii) the Royal Air Force; and how many in each category are planned to be abroad on 15 December 2006.[HL8140]

Figures for the trained strength can be found in Tri Service Publication 1 (TSP 1 ).

TSP 1 is a monthly publication and copies are held in the Library of the House and can also be found at The most recent publication shows data as at 1 September 2006.

Regular Reserve




Volunteer Reserve





1 Source of Naval Service data is Fleet—CMR

2 Figures for Naval Service are trained personnel only

3 Army Volunteer Reserve figures include Group A & B, Mobilised TA and Officer Training Corps, but excludes non-regular permanent staff and full-time reserve service (FTRS).

4 RAF Reserve (RAFR) figure is for active RAFR only, and does not include those who have left the service and have reserve liability.

5 RAF figures include personnel serving on FTRS.

Figures are rounded to the nearest 10.

P denotes provisional

Due to the deployment and movement of personnel changing continuously, it is not possibleto say how many personnel will be abroad on15 December.