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Armed Forces: South African Servicemen

Volume 690: debated on Tuesday 13 March 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

How many South African servicemen are serving in the British Armed Forces, broken down by service. [HL2345]

The most recently available data for the number of South Africans serving in each of the services are shown in the following table.

Number of South Africans

Naval Service






Naval Service data are at 6 October 2006.

Army data are at 1 January 2007.

RAF data are at 6 March 2006.

Figures for Naval Service and RAF do not include UK/South African dual nationals. The Army figure includes personnel whose first nationality is shown as South African.

Figures are for UK regular forces and therefore include nursing services and exclude full-time reserve service personnel, Gurkhas, the home service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised reservists. They include trained and untrained personnel.