The following tables provide the number of Army and RAF personnel divorcing in 2005 and 2006, broken down by divorcees who have subsequently left the armed forces and those still serving. Naval service data are not available as the Naval service groups 'Separated', 'Divorced' and 'Widowed' together.
Figures are for UK regular forces, and therefore exclude Gurkhas, full-time reserve service personnel, the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised reservists. Figures are for trained and untrained personnel excluding officer designates.
The term 'divorce' includes 'decree absolute' and 'marriage annulled'. It excludes 'decree nisi' and individuals who are separated.
|Number of divorces||1,040||900|
|Divorcees still serving as at 1 January 2007||890||870|
|Divorcees subsequently leaving the armed forces||160||40|
|Number of divorces||570||n/a|
|Divorcees still serving as at 1 January 2007||480||n/a|
|Divorcees subsequently leaving the armed forces||90||n/a|
| Notes: |
'n/a' denotes not available. Due to the introduction of a new personnel administration system, RAF data are not available.
Due to the rounding methods used, totals may not always equal the sum of the parts. When rounding to the nearest 10, numbers ending in five have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.
The error does not substantially alter the estimates of divorce rates in the RAF.