We need your support to keep TheyWorkForYou running and make sure people across the UK can continue to hold their elected representatives to account.

Donate to our crowdfunder

Armed Forces: Recruitment

Defence written question – answered on 28th June 2012.

Alert me about debates like this

Photo of Thomas Docherty Thomas Docherty Labour, Dunfermline and West Fife

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many members of each branch of HM Armed Forces were recruited in each of the constituent parts of the UK in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The tables provide the figures from FY 2011-12 detailing the number of entrants from recruitment centres in each of the constituent parts of the UK. However, this does not provide a comprehensive picture of where these individuals originate from geographically, as they may not always apply to join the services through their nearest career office or may choose other means by which to apply.

Figures given do not give a representative picture of actual recruitment performance for specific trades such as infantry.

In the tables the following abbreviations are used:

AFCO—Armed Forces Careers Office

ACIO—Army Career Information Office

CIO—Career Information Office

OCLC—Officer Career Liaison Office

ACA—Army Careers Adviser

1. Naval Officer Entrants FY 2011-12
  Number
Admiralty Interview Board 82
AFCO Cardiff (RN) 1
AFCO Exeter (RN) 1
AFCO London (RN) 1
AFCO Portsmouth (RN) 1
CIO Taunton(RN and RM) 2
Naval Recruiting 11
OCLC Birmingham 27
OCLC London 71
OCLC Manchester 37
OCLC Northern Ireland 3
OCLC Peterborough 52
OCLC Plymouth 43
RN and RM Careers Southampton 4
Sub Region Greater London and South East 1
Sub Region Scotland 21
Sub Region Wales and West Central 2
2. Naval Other Rank Entrants FY 2011-12
  Number
ACIO Derby (RN) 27
AFCO Aberdeen (RN) 14
AFCO Belfast (RN) 36
AFCO Birmingham (RN) 52
AFCO Bournemouth (RN) 60
AFCO Brighton (RN) 36
AFCO Bristol (RN) 35
AFCO Cambridge (RN) 17
AFCO Cardiff (RN) 40
AFCO Carlisle (RN) 30
AFCO Chatham (RN) 28
AFCO Coventry (RN) 13
AFCO Dundee (RN) 25
AFCO Edinburgh (RN) 27
AFCO Exeter (RN) 46
AFCO Glasgow (RN) 54
AFCO Gloucester (RN) 51
AFCO Hull (RN) 50
AFCO Inverness (RN) 14
AFCO Ipswich 27
AFCO Leeds (RN) 75
AFCO Leicester (RN) 18
AFCO Lincoln (RN) 36
AFCO Liverpool (RN) 103
AFCO London (RN) 63
AFCO Luton (RN) 36
AFCO Manchester (RN) 78
AFCO Middlesbrough (RN) 46
AFCO Newcastle (RN) 61
AFCO Norwich (RN) 24
AFCO Nottingham (RN) 28
AFCO Oxford (RN) 19
AFCO Peterborough (RN) 23
AFCO Plymouth (RN) 79
AFCO Portsmouth (RN) 84
AFCO Preston (RN) 55
AFCO Reading (RN) 26
AFCO Redruth (RN) 28
AFCO Sheffield (RN) 31
AFCO Shrewsbury (RN) 33
AFCO Stoke (RN) 22
AFCO Swansea (RN) 40
AFCO Wrexham (RN) 14
CIO Canterbury 18
CIO Chelmsford 30
CIO Darlington 33
CIO Dunfermline 15
CIO Guildford 35
CIO Taunton(RN and RM) 35
CIO Wolverhampton 11
RN and RM Careers Office Ilford 11
RN and RM Careers Southampton 33
Royal Navy St Helens 26
3. Army Officer Entrants FY 2011-12
AFCO and UOTC Number
Leeds UOTC 19
Manchester and Salford UOTC 1
Northumbrian UOTC 11
Sheffield UOTC 6
ACA 1—Wessex 15
ACA 1—West Midlands 2
ACA 1—Wales (North) 13
ACA 1—Wales (South) 9
4. Army Other Rank Entrants FY 2011-12
AFCO and ACIO Number
AFCO Belfast 282
AFCO Birmingham 339
AFCO Bournemouth 164
AFCO Brighton 250
AFCO Bristol 108
AFCO Cambridge 262
AFCO Cardiff 306
AFCO Carlisle 148
AFCO Chatham 191
AFCO Dundee 183
AFCO Edinburgh 221
AFCO Exeter 186
AFCO Glasgow 542
AFCO Gloucester 77
AFCO Hull 313
AFCO Inverness 116
AFCO Leeds 508
AFCO Leicester 275
AFCO Lincoln 243
AFCO Liverpool 493
AFCO London 549
AFCO Manchester 602
AFCO Middlesbrough 335
AFCO Newcastle 291
AFCO Norwich 195
AFCO Nottingham 457
AFCO Peterborough 78
AFCO Plymouth 123
AFCO Portsmouth 272
AFCO Preston 450
AFCO Reading 193
AFCO Redruth 34
AFCO Sheffield 298
AFCO Shrewsbury 257
AFCO Southend-on-Sea 176
AFCO Stoke-on-Trent 447
AFCO Swansea 183
AFCO Wrexham 240
ACIO Aberdeen 39
ACIO Abergavenny 28
ACIO Aldershot 80
ACIO Ashington 55
ACIO Bangor 73
ACIO Barnsley 79
ACIO Barnstaple 31
ACIO Barrow-in-Furness 39
ACIO Bath 32
ACIO Bathgate 35
ACIO Birkenhead 69
ACIO Bishop Auckland 26
ACIO Blackburn 70
ACIO Blackpool 134
ACIO Bolton 117
ACIO Boston 39
ACIO Bradford 123
ACIO Bridgend 29
ACIO Bromley 80
ACIO Burnley 85
ACIO Burton-on-Trent 108
ACIO Canterbury 32
ACIO Carmarthen 33
ACIO Catterick 42
ACIO Chelmsford 46
ACIO Chester 70
ACIO Chesterfield 77
ACIO Chichester 45
ACIO Coleraine 43
ACIO Coventry 131
ACIO Croydon 94
ACIO Darlington 87
ACIO Derby 100
ACIO Doncaster 102
ACIO Dover 54
ACIO Dumbarton 34
ACIO Dumfries 42
ACIO Dunfermline 46
ACIO Durham 61
ACIO Enniskillen 75
ACIO Galashiels 29
ACIO Grimsby 83
ACIO Halifax 58
ACIO Hamilton 112
ACIO Haverfordwest 34
ACIO Hereford 75
ACIO Huddersfield 75
ACIO Ilford 92
ACIO Ipswich 73
ACIO Irvine 102
ACIO Kirkcaldy 41
ACIO Lancaster 63
ACIO Luton 97
ACIO Mansfield 113
ACIO Milton Keynes 70
ACIO Newport 90
ACIO Newport (IOW) 3
ACIO Northampton 152
ACIO Oldham 79
ACIO Oxford 44
ACIO Paisley 81
ACIO Perth 25
ACIO Pontypridd 73
ACIO Portadown 59
ACIO Rhyl 72
ACIO Salisbury 71
ACIO Scarborough 65
ACIO Southampton 65
ACIO South Shields 51
ACIO Stirling 84
ACIO Stockport 85
ACIO Sunderland 68
ACIO Swindon 29
ACIO Taunton 49
ACIO Torquay 36
ACIO Tunbridge Wells 16
ACIO Victoria 79
ACIO Wakefield 97
ACIO Warrington 93
ACIO Wembley 60
ACIO Wigan 88
ACIO Wolverhampton 164
ACIO Worcester 92
ACIO Workington 35
ACIO York 97
5. RAF Entrants FY 2011-12
Recruiting Location Number
AFCO Hull (RAF) 37
AFCO Leeds (RAF) 55
AFCO Liverpool (RAF) 78
AFCO Manchester (RAF) 42
AFCO Middlesbrough (RAF) 42
AFCO Newcastle (RAF) 37
AFCO Preston (RAF) 67
AFCO Sheffield (RAF) 41
Area N England (AFCO Leeds) 0
SCLO RAF Linton on Ouse 1
AFCO Aberdeen (RAF) 7
AFCO Belfast (RAF) 10
AFCO Carlisle (RAF) 14
AFCO Dundee (RAF) 22
AFCO Edinburgh (RAF) 25
AFCO Glasgow (RAF) 33
AFCO Inverness (RAF) 10
Area Scot and NI (Kentigern House) 0
AFCO Cambridge (RAF) 45
AFCO Leicester (RAF) 25
AFCO Lincoln (RAF) 72
AFCO Luton (RAF) 0
AFCO Norwich (RAF) 50
AFCO Nottingham (RAF) 53
AFCO Peterborough (RAF) 28
Area E Mids and EA (AFCO Nottingham) 4
SCLO RAF Wittering 0
AFCO Brighton (RAF) 20
AFCO Chatham (RAF) 23
AFCO London (RAF) 40
AFCO Oxford (RAF) 33
AFCO Reading (RAF) 0
AFCO Southend (RAF) 10
Area SE (AFCO London) 0
SCLO RAF Halton 3
AFCO Birmingham (RAF) 50
AFCO Cardiff (RAF) 54
AFCO Coventry (RAF) 19
AFCO Gloucester (RAF) 35
AFCO Shrewsbury (RAF) 38
AFCO Stoke (RAF) 22
AFCO Swansea (RAF) 27
AFCO Wrexham (RAF) 24
Area Wales and W Mids (AFCO Gloucester) 0
AFCO Bournemouth (RAF) 27
AFCO Bristol (RAF) 35
AFCO Exeter (RAF) 32
AFCO Plymouth (RAF) 20
AFCO Portsmouth (RAF) 46
AFCO Redruth (RAF) 18
Area SW (AFCO Plymouth) 2
DRIT (RAF) 0
OASC Cranwell 66

Does this answer the above question?

Yes0 people think so

No0 people think not

Would you like to ask a question like this yourself? Use our Freedom of Information site.