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Armed Forces: Staff

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay Lord Oakeshott of Seagrove Bay Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty's Government what were the numbers of (a) officers, and (b) other ranks, serving in each of the Army, the Royal Navy, and the Royal Air Force, on 1 April in (1) 1980, (2) 1990, (3) 2000, (4) 2005, (5) 2010, and (6) 2011.

Photo of Lord Astor of Hever Lord Astor of Hever Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The numbers of officers and other ranks in each of the three services is presented in the following table. The figures comprise both trained and untrained personnel, and are rounded to the nearest 10.

Strength of UK Regular Armed Forces, at 1 April each year
1980 1990 2000 2005 2010 2011
Naval Service 71,940 63,250 42,850 39,940 38,730 37,660
Officers 10,140 10,150 7,660 7,730 7,460 7,410
Other Ranks 61,800 53,110 35,190 32,210 31,270 30,240
Army 159,050 152,810 110,050 109,290 108,870 106,230
Officers 17,040 17,440 13,870 14,660 14,640 14,760
Other Ranks 142,010 135,380 96,180 94,630 94,230 91,470
RAF 89,640 89,680 54,720 51,870 44,050 42,460
Officers 14,790 15,270 10,990 10,620 9,820 9,660
Other Ranks 74,850 74,410 43,730 41,250 34,230 32,810

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