Army

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 lived at the time of their recruitment in (a) Scotland, (b) England, (c) Wales, (d) Northern Ireland, (e) the Irish Republic and (f) elsewhere.

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

holding answer 10 July 2012

Information on where serving Army personnel were living at the time of their recruitment is not held centrally and could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, the following table shows the country that recruits joining the Army from 2007 to date, have declared as their main contact address during the recruitment and selection process:

  2012-13 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10 2008-09 2007-08
Scotland 261 618 528 664 464 443
England 2,538 4,475 3,102 4,329 3,683 4,129
Wales 241 493 320 626 660 531
Northern Ireland 113 182 161 213 244 231
Republic of Ireland 53 101 82 103 43 28
Elsewhere 226 259 223 332 761 540
Great Britain 4 9 2 10 5 2
Not known 2,247 4,753 4,059 7,203 7,670 7,316
  5,683 10,890 8,530 13,400 13,530 13,220

Where recruits have not completed the 'country' address field on their applications, the country is shown as not known; this may be because the information has been entered in the wrong address field or, as frequently occurs with recruits from the UK, they do not complete the 'country' field.

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