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Army (Foreign Nationals)

Defence written question – answered on 16th May 2002.

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Photo of Gerald Howarth Gerald Howarth Conservative, Aldershot

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many foreign nationals left the British Army in each of the last 10 years broken down by nationality; and what their average length of service was.

Photo of Adam Ingram Adam Ingram Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence

The tables show officer and soldier exits. Nationality at birth is not available on flow data before 1997 so only the last six financial years have been shown. These figures represent those individuals who left the British Army. Calculations have been made using the mean length of service of those personnel at the time they left and are only produced for populations of 10 or more.

Army officers and ODs losses: nationality (at birth) by date of flow
Nationality (at birth) 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02
America 1
Australia 2 6 6 5 3 3
Canada 1 5 1 4 2 4
Denmark 1 1
Egypt 1 1
France 1
Germany 2 2
Ghana 1
Gibraltar 1
Guyana 1
Hong Kong 1
India 2 3 1
Iraq 1
Jordan 1 1
Kenya 1 1 1
Malaysia 1 1 1 2
Malta GC 2 2 4 3 2 2
Morocco 1
Nepal(2),(3) 1
Netherlands 1
New Zealand 3 2 5 3 1
New Zealand islands 2
Nigeria 1 1
Pakistan 1 1
Portugal 1
Republic of Ireland 3 8 4 5 5 6
Rhodesia 1 2 1 3 3 1
South Africa 3 1 4 6 4
Spain 1
Sri Lanka 1
Sweden 1
Tanzania 1
Trinidad and Tobago 1
Zimbabwe 2 1 1
Grand Total 22 31 32 38 31 27
Gurkhas n/a 21 23 18 15 13

(2) See also Gurkhas

(3) The Nepalese officer shown was a member of UK Regular Forces. Gurkha officers that left have been shown separately.

Mean length of service on exit for officers, by nationality at birth
1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02
Gurkhas 26.00 25.48 27.08 25.38

Note:

All other nationalities: the calculation of mean length of service would not be meaningful, i.e. each outflow by nationality and year is less than 10.

Army ranks losses: nationality (at birth) by date of flow
Nationality (at birth) 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02
America 3 1 3 2 2 1
American overseas 1
Australia 18 20 17 13 20 16
Austria 1
Bahama islands 1
Bangladesh 1 1 2
Barbados 1 2 2 3
Barbuda (Leeward islands) 1
Belgium 1
Belize 1 1 1 2 1
Brazil 2
Britain/Singapore 1 1
Britcommw/Brit Com 2 2 1
Brunei 1
Canada 10 9 11 16 13 10
Colombia 1
Cyprus 1 1
Denmark 2 1 1
Dominica (Windward islands) 1
Dominican Republic 1
Falkland Islands 1
Fiji 1 1 1 4 15 15
France 1 2
Gambia 1
Germany 3 3 4 2 7 5
Ghana 1 2
Gibraltar 1 1
Greece 1 1
Grenada (Windward islands) 1 2
Guyana 2 1 1 2
Honduras 1
Hong Kong 1 1 1 3 1 2
Hungary 1
India 1 1 3 1 3
Iran 1 1
Iraq 2
Italy 1 1
Jamaica 7 6 5 11 8 18
Kenya 1 3 1
Kiribati 1
Korea south 1
Lebanon 2
Malaysia 1 1
Malta GC 2 1 1 3 2
Mauritania 1
Mauritius 1 1
Monserrat (Leeward islands) 1 1
Morocco 1
Nepal(4)
Netherlands 1 1 1
New Zealand 9 4 9 5 7 9
New Zealand islands 1 1 1 1 3 2
Nigeria 1 1 2
Pakistan 1 4 3
Pakistan West 1 1
Philippines 1
Poland 1 2 1
Portugal 1 1 1
Republic of Ireland 44 34 37 42 35 41
Rhodesia 3 4 5 4 2
Salvador 1 1
Seychelles 1
Sierra Leone 1 3 2
Somalia 1
South Africa 1 11 21 19 21 26
Spain 1 2
Sri Lanka 1
St. Helena 1 2 2 4 1
St. Lucia Island 3 1
St. Vincent Island 1 7 14
Sudan 1
Sweden 1
Switzerland 1
Tanzania 1
Thailand 1
Trinidad and Tobago 1 2 2 4
Turkey 1
Uganda 1 1
West Indies—British 1 2 1
Zambia 1 1 2
Zimbabwe 1 1 1 11 7 14
Stateless 1
Grand Total 120 119 141 167 193 214
Gurkhas n/a 177 217 149 91 209

(4) See also Gurkhas

Mean length of service on exit for soldiers, by nationality at birth
Financial years
Nationality (at birth) 1996–97 1997–98 1998–99 1999–2000 2000–01 2001–02
Australia 5.39 5.40 5.44 4.81 5.60 4.50
Canada 2.90 5.77 5.81 5.81 6.50
Fiji 0.50 1.83
Jamaica 12.59 3.06
Republic of Ireland 5.75 8.62 9.14 10.14 6.04 7.63
South Africa 7.41 1.64 5.34 2.60 2.08
St. Vincent Island 0.50
Zimbabwe 0.86 2.50
Gurkhas 16.07 16.21 16.87 17.12

Notes:

1. Mean length of service has only been calculated for those nationalities where 10 or more soldiers left in any one year.

2. When outflow by nationality and year is less than 10 the calculation of mean length of service would not be meaningful.

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