Royal Regiment of Scotland: Manpower

Defence written question – answered on 11th March 2009.

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Photo of Angus Robertson Angus Robertson Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Defence), Shadow SNP Spokesperson (Foreign and Commonwealth Office), Shadow SNP Westminster Group Leader

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) trained, (b) actual strength and (c) numbers fit for duty requirement is for each (i) regular and (ii) territorial infantry battalion of the Royal Regiment of Scotland.

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

Fit for duty has been interpreted as medically fit to perform any duty. Personnel unfit for duty in their primary role but who can perform a role in an alternative capacity are therefore included in the following tables.

As at 1 December 2008, the figures for Royal Regiment of Scotland regular battalions were:

Battalion Trained strength Actual strength Fit for duty
1 Scots 627 554 552
2 Scots 574 476 472
3 Scots 629 575 573
4 Scots 762 588 560
5 Scots 654 561 548

As at 1 January 2009, the figures for Royal Regiment of Scotland Territorial Army battalions were:

Battalion Trained strength Actual strength Fit for duty
6 Scots 430 270 n/a
7 Scots 530 390 n/a

Data concerning fit for duty personnel are not collected for the Territorial Army and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

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