Defence written question – answered on 11th July 2012.

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Photo of Alan Reid Alan Reid Liberal Democrat, Argyll and Bute

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many serving Army personnel at the time of their recruitment were citizens of (a) the UK, (b) the Irish Republic and (c) other countries.

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

holding answer 10 July 2012

Information on how many serving Army personnel, at the time of their recruitment, were citizens of the UK, the Irish Republic and other countries is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

However, the following table shows the nationality of those recruited to the Regular Army as either officers or soldiers, since 2007-08, if this information was declared on the Joint Personnel Administration system:

Financial year UK Irish Republic Other countries Not known Total
2007-08 8,160 30 1,300 3,960 13,450
2008-09 9,870 30 1,490 2,370 13,760
2009-10 11,140 80 1,010 1,360 13,580
2010-11 7,510 70 540 580 8,700
2011-12 9,950 90 810 220 11,070

In addition, the nationality of Regular Army personnel, officers and soldiers, currently serving as at 1 May 2012 is shown in the following table:

Nationality Trained Untrained
UK 86,890 9,300
Irish Republic 340 70
Other countries 10,350 700
Not known 10 10

Figures do not include those serving in the full-time reserve service.

All figures have been rounded to the nearest 10.

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