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Territorial Army

Volume 499: debated on Wednesday 11 November 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Territorial Army personnel of each rank there were in each year since 1997. (297940)

The available data are given in the following table.

Territorial Army strength by paid rank: 1997 to 2009

Date

All TA personnel

All TA officers

Brigadier

Colonel

Lt. Colonel

Major

Captain

Lieutenant

Second Lieutenant

April 1997

57,620

6,560

1

70

270

1,990

2,710

960

560

April 1998

57,600

6,780

1

70

300

2,090

2,780

930

600

April 1999

52,210

6,590

1

70

300

2,060

2,680

860

610

April 2000

45,480

6,200

1

70

300

1,940

2,460

860

570

April 2001

41,720

5,780

1

80

280

1,790

2,250

840

540

April 2002

40,660

5,800

1

80

270

1,770

2,220

880

560

April 2003

39,330

5,770

1

80

290

1,640

2,160

880

710

April 2004

38,120

5,900

1

80

320

1,680

2,240

840

730

April 2005

37,260

5,760

1

90

320

1,740

2,160

770

680

April 2006

38,460

5,580

10

90

340

1,680

2,110

810

560

March 2007

36,790

5,320

10

90

340

1,700

2,030

720

430

October 2008

234,330

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

April 2009

235,320

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

September 2009

234,380

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

Date

All TA other ranks

WO1

WO2

Staff Sergeant

Sergeant

Corporal

Lance Corporal

Private

April 1997

51,060

170

1,530

2,410

4,060

6,380

7,320

29,200

April 1998

50,820

200

1,560

2,410

4,020

6,340

7,210

29,070

April 1999

45,620

200

1,590

2,360

3,950

6,100

6,910

24,510

April 2000

39,280

200

1,520

2,130

3,490

5,410

6,110

20,420

April 2001

35,940

190

1,340

1,840

3,080

4,780

5,380

19,340

April 2002

34,860

190

1,320

1,830

2,910

4,570

4,960

19,080

April 2003

33,570

180

1,300

1,760

2,790

4,180

4,550

18,740

April 2004

32,220

180

1,300

1,720

2,760

3,900

4,400

17,960

April 2005

31,490

210

1,310

1,730

2,670

3,680

4,070

17,820

April 2006

32,880

220

1,340

1,720

2,560

3,480

3,760

19,790

March 2007

31,470

230

1,330

1,690

2,420

3,230

3,450

19,110

October 2008

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

April 2009

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

September 2009

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

1 = Zero or rounded to zero.

2 = Denotes provisional.

3 = Denotes unavailable.

Notes:

TA Personnel include Group A and B, Mobilised TA, OTC and NRPS. FTRS are excluded.

April 2003 includes 60 TA soldiers of unknown rank.

After April 2007 Territorial Army Officer and Soldier breakdowns are not included due to JPA data validation issues.

Figures have been rounded to 10; numbers ending in “5” have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.

These figures represent the continuation of a process of rebalancing TA strength to the reduced requirement on the Reserves which started as part of the Options for Change process in 1991 when TA strength was 90,068.