Absence without Leave

Defence written question – answered on 14th June 2005.

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Photo of Michael Moore Michael Moore Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, Shadow Minister (Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many trained personnel have gone absent withoutleave in each of the services in each of the last five years.

Photo of Don Touhig Don Touhig Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence, Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)

The number of service personnel 1 who have gone absent without leave in each of the last five years is as follows:

Navy
Calendar year Total number reported AWOL (rounded to the nearest 5)
2000 50
2001 85
2002 90
2003 115
2004 185
Royal Marines
Calendar year Total number reported AWOL (rounded to the nearest 5)
2000 20
2001 15
2002 20
2003 15
2004 22

Figures include trained and untrained strength.

Army
Calendar year Total number reported AWOL (rounded to the nearest 5)
2000 2,725
2001 2,670
2002 2,970
2003 2,825
2004 3,005
RAF
Financial year Total number reported AWOL (rounded to the nearest 5)
2000–01 20
2001–02 15
2002–03 25
2003–04 25
2004–05 40

Recording absence differs between the Naval Service, the Army and the RAF. The Naval Service and the Army record multiple periods of absence by the same person. However, the RAF registers an individual once, regardless of how many times they are absent within a financial year.

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