Armed Forces: Recruitment

Defence written question – answered on 1st April 2008.

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Photo of Liam Fox Liam Fox Shadow Secretary of State for Defence

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what caps or restrictions have been placed on the recruitment for the (a) Army, (b) Navy and (c) RAF in each year since 2005; and what plans there are for the next financial year.

Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Restrictions are placed on military recruiting in terms of the overall manning requirement and quality of the individuals applying. The numbers of recruits required every year are derived from the requirement for trained manpower to sustain the service's delivery of operational capability and the manning structures that support it. In order to assure operational capability, recruits must meet the three services' entry standards.

Services recruitment achievement levels (percentage)
2004-05 2005-06 2006-07 2007-08
Target Intake/ percentage Target Intake/ percentage Target Intake/ percentage Target Intake/ percentage
Naval Service 3,753 3,690 3,933 3,940 4,029 (1)3,770 4,272 (1)3,760
98 100 94 88
Army 12,252 11,720 13,402 12,730 13,950 (1)14,300 14,544 (1)14,550
96 95 103 100
RAF 2,209 2,180 1,500 1,480 1,887 1,720 3,085 (1)2,510
99 99 91 81
All services 18,214 17,590 18,835 18,150 19,866 (1)19,790 21,901 (1)20,830
97 96 100 95
(1) Due to ongoing JPA data validation the figures are provisional and subject to review. Therefore the tri-service total is provisional.


1. Recruiting target figures provided by single services. Figures for FY 2007-08 show position as at 31 January 2008.

2. All intake from civil life figures have been provided by DASA (Quad-Service)—TSP 1. Numbers have been rounded to nearest 10. Due to the rounding methods used, totals may not equal the sum of the parts.

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kieran Locke
Posted on 4 Apr 2008 12:05 pm (Report this annotation)

So where’s the so called recruitment crisis then. Oh i see more sensational rubbish from the tabloids!