Armed Forces: Labour Turnover

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 the (a) inflow, (b) outflow and (c) voluntary outflow rate was of officers at (i) OF-1, (ii) OF-2 and (iii) OF-3 levels in each service in each year since 1997.

Photo of Derek Twigg Derek Twigg Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Ministry of Defence) (Veterans)

The information requested is provided in the following tables:

Inflow( 1) rates( 2) to UK regular forces( 3) from civil life by rank
Rate per 100 people
Financial year 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Navy(4)
OF-3 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.4 0.3 0.1 0.4 0.4 0.2 (6)0.1
OF-2 1.3 0.9 1.0 1.4 1.0 1.5 1.1 1.6 1.1 (6)0.9
OF-1 34.0 34.0 36.1 35.0 34.1 34.6 31.0 39.7 43.2 (6)44.6
Army(5)
OF-3 0.1 0.2 0.2 0.1 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.1
OF-2 1.3 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.2 1.2 0.9 1.2 1.2 1.4
OF-1 12.7 9.3 10.7 8.7 7.9 9.2 7.2 5.8 5.8 6.9
RAF
OF-3 0.2 0.0 0.2 0.1 0.3 0.3 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.2
OF-2 0.5 0.6 0.7 0.8 0.8 0.5 0.8 0.7 0.4 1.0
OF-1 24.1 23.1 23.2 21.7 20.6 22.3 25.0 17.9 19.8 21.7
Source:

DASA (Quad-Service)

Outflow( 7) rates( 2) from UK regular forces( 3) to civil life by rank
Rate per 100 people
Financial year 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Navy(4)
OF-3 7.2 6.7 8.0 6.2 6.6 6.2 6.1 6.5 7.2 (6)6.6
OF-2 7.2 6.3 6.5 5.3 6.4 5.3 4.5 5.0 5.3 (6)5.1
OF-1 10.6 6.7 5.6 6.6 6.3 7.8 7.3 8.6 7.9 (6)9.9
Army(5)
OF-3 6.2 6.9 6.4 7.1 7.3 6.3 6.0 6.9 7.0 8.7
OF-2 10.6 10.8 8.1 8.0 6.7 5.7 5.6 6.8 7.7 8.3
OF-1 5.7 7.0 5.6 6.4 4.7 5.3 5.3 5.4 2.9 3.4
RAF
OF-3 7.3 7.6 7.1 6.6 8.3 6.3 6.7 9.0 8.6 11.8
OF-2 4.5 4.7 4.2 5.5 4.4 3.9 4.9 4.8 5.0 6.7
OF-1 3.3 2.9 2.9 2.2 3.0 2.3 2.1 4.2 2.7 2.7
Voluntary outflow rates( 8) from trained UK regular forces( 3) to civil life by rank
Rate per 100 people
Financial year 1997-98 1998-99 1999-2000 2000-01 2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05 2005-06 2006-07
Navy(4)
OF-3 2.6 2.8 4.1 2.9 3.7 2.4 2.9 2.6 3.4 (6)3.3
OF-2 2.3 2.6 3.7 2.5 3.8 2.7 2.4 2.4 2.7 (6)2.7
OF-1 0.6 0.0 1.4 0.8 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 (6)0.0
Army(9)
OF-3 3.5 3.9 3.7 4.8 5.0 3.6 4.1 4.4 4.7 n/a
OF-2 4.5 4.4 3.5 4.3 4.5 3.4 4.0 4.5 4.9 n/a
OF-1 0.7 0.9 0.2 0.6 0.5 0.4 0.5 0.2 0.2 n/a
RAF
OF-3 2.9 2.6 2.3 2.5 3.2 2.0 1.8 2.6 2.8 3.8
OF-2 1.5 1.8 1.6 2.3 2.0 1.6 1.9 2.0 2.0 1.9
OF-1 0.4 1.2 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.3 0.4 0.2 1.4
n/a = unavailable

(1) Figures show all intake to UK regular forces including re-enlistments and rejoined

reservists.

(2) Inflow and outflow rates have been calculated using total (trained and untrained) strength as at 1 April of each year.

(3) Figures are for UK regular forces and therefore excludes Gurkhas, Full Time Reserve

Service personnel, the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised reservists. NATO Rank is based on JPA field 'Paid Rank', if this field is blank then NATO Rank is based on JPA field 'Substantive Rank'

(4) Due to the introduction of a new personnel administration system, Naval Service statistics from 1 October 2006 are provisional and subject to review.

(5) Due to the introduction of a new personnel administration system, Army outflow data by rank for 1 March 2007 to 31 March 2007 are not available. Consequently, Army figures for 2006-07 are the latest available, comprising flows during the period 1 March 2006 to 28 February 2007.

(6) Denotes provisional.

(7) Figures show all outflow from UK regular forces including recalled reservists on release and outflow to the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment

(8) Voluntary outflow rates have been calculated using trained strength only as at 1 April of each year.

(9) Due to ongoing validation of data from the new personnel administration system, Army voluntary outflow data for 2006-07 are currently unavailable.

Source:

DASA (Quad-Service)

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