Defence written question – answered on 5th September 2013.

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Photo of Stephen Doughty Stephen Doughty Labour, Cardiff South and Penarth

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many Army service leavers there have been in each of the last three years; and how many Army Service Leaver's Packs have been issued in each such year.

Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Armed forces manpower outflow data is published by Defence Statistics at the following link:

For ease of reference published data for the number of regular Army service leavers during the last three financial years (FY) can be found in the following table:

Financial year Service leavers
2010-11 11,500
2011-12 13,200
2012-13 14,890

The number of Service Leaver's Packs (SLPs) issued specifically to regular Army personnel is not held. However, data regarding the numbers issued to all regular armed forces personnel exists, and this is provided in the following table. For comparative purposes, details about the total outflow of regular armed forces personnel during the same period are also provided:

Financial year Service leavers SLPs issued
2010-11 18,140 17,927
2011-12 21,370 22,707
2012-13 23,520 25,215
Note: As SLPs are normally despatched approximately nine months prior to leaving the service, the number issued during a particular financial year will not mirror the number of service leavers during the same period.

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