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Armed Forces: Recruitment

Volume 713: debated on Friday 23 October 2009

Questions

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many people aged (a) between 18 and 25 years old, and (b) under 18 years old, joined the Armed Forces in (1) 2000, (2) 2005, and (3) 2008. [HL5730]

The intake to UK regular Armed Forces by age for financial years 1999-2000, 2004-05, and 2007-08 is as follows:

Under 18

18-25

1999-2000

9,305

14,765

2004-05

6,165

9,940

2007-08

5,980 p

12,825 p

Source: DASA (Quad-Service)

Figures show all intake to UK regular Forces including re-enlistments and rejoined reservists but excludes movements between services.

Figures are for UK regular forces and therefore exclude Gurkhas, full-time reserve service personnel, the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment, mobilised reservists and naval activated reservists.

Due to ongoing validation of data from the joint personnel administration system, service flow statistics for financial year 2007-08 are provisional and subject to review.

Figures have been rounded to the nearest five.

P = provisional.

Statistics on personnel entering into the UK regular Armed Forces by age are available in “TSP19—UK Regular Forces Intake and Outflow by Age” table 1 “Table 1—Intake to UK Regular Forces by Age and Service”. The most recent edition of which can be found at http://www.dasa.mod.uk/applications/newWeb/www/apps/publications/pubViewFile.php? content=190.13&date=2009-06-10&type=html& PublishTime=09:30:00.

Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government which social groupings recruits to the Armed Forces came from in (a) 2000, (b) 2005, and (c) 2008. [HL5731]

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many recruits to the armed forces under 25 years old came from each of the Welsh local authority areas in (a) 2000, (b) 2005, and (c) 2008. [HL5732]

This information is not held in the form requested, however details of those recruited through the Armed Forces Careers Offices (AFCO) in Wales, in the table below, give an indication of Welsh recruitment into the Armed Forces.

This information will not provide a comprehensive picture of individuals recruited from Wales as it does not include those recruited through AFCOs in England or through other means, such as the internet.

Data for the Naval Services and the RAF for financial year 2000-01 are not available as new IT systems have since been introduced.

2000-01 (Army only)

2005-06

2008-09

AFCO Cardiff

477

463

531

AFCO Swansea

319

323

410

AFCO Wrexham

208

315

367

There are no recruitment policies or targets set for personnel from different social groupings and such information is consequently not monitored.