The total number of armed forces personnel who are recorded as having a university degree or equivalent or higher is 17,469. This is around nine per cent. of the total strength.
The figure quoted is an estimate only, as the data transferred from the former single service legacy data systems to the Joint Personnel Administration (JPA) system had differing degrees of reliability. In addition, since the introduction of the JPA system, the responsibility for updating this specific type of data rests solely with the individual, and as such may not always be recorded.