Armed Forces Personnel

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Defence – in the House of Commons on 8th July 2019.

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Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Let us just see whether we can debunk this myth that Army numbers are somehow in freefall. On 1 May, the total size of the British Army, including the Brigade of Gurkhas, both trained and untrained, was 85,430. As of 1 June, one month later, according to the most recent figures that we have, the total size of the British Army, including the Brigade of Gurkhas, both trained and untrained, was 85,730. That is an increase of 300.