Territorial Army: Northern Ireland

Defence written question – answered on 20th May 2008.

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Photo of Gregory Campbell Gregory Campbell Shadow Minister (Work and Pensions)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Territorial Army personnel from Northern Ireland took part in active service outside the United Kingdom in each of the last five years.

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

The number of Territorial Army (TA) personnel, with their permanent residence in Northern Ireland, who have been mobilised for operations or in support of operations outside the United Kingdom in each year since 2003 is as follows:

Number of TA personnel mobilised
2003 280
2004 173
2005 70
2006 23
2007 108
2008 (as at 15 May 2008) 43

The duration of mobilised service is generally 11 and a half months (invariably spanning two calendar years) and includes a period of pre-deployment training and integration, the operational tour itself, decompression, demobilisation and a mandatory period of post operational leave.

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