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Army: Chaplains

Volume 694: debated on Thursday 26 July 2007

asked Her Majesty’s Government:

What are the current manning levels of Royal Army chaplains for (a) the regular Army, and (b) the Territorial Army; and what are the required manning levels of the Royal Army Chaplains Department for (i) the regular Army, and (ii) the Territorial Army; and [HL4906]

How many Army chaplains are currently deployed, broken down by operational theatre; and what is the ratio of Army chaplains to deployed operational forces, broken down by theatre. [HL4907]

There are 154 regular Royal Army chaplains in post, against an establishment of 161. The Territorial Army is established for 109 chaplains, of which 68 are filled.

As at 20 July, there are nine Army chaplains and one RAF chaplain in Iraq, providing pastoral care to 5,500 UK military personnel. This represents a ratio of one chaplain to 550 personnel.

In Afghanistan, there are also nine Army chaplains and one RAF chaplain, ministering to 7,100 UK military personnel, representing a ratio of one chaplain to 710 personnel.