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Armed Forces

Defence written question – answered on 11th September 2013.

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Photo of Russell Brown Russell Brown Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what the (a) number and (b) proportion of current armed service personnel in the (i) Royal Navy, (ii) Royal Air Force and (iii) British Army who have progressed to the rank of officer, having been recruited into the lowest rank of each service is.

Photo of Andrew Robathan Andrew Robathan The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The current number of officers who have been commissioned from the ranks in the naval service and Army are as set out in the following table:

Service As at Number commissioned from the ranks Proportion of officer corps (%)
Naval service 1 April 2013 840 14
Army 1 July 2013 2,610 20

Information on the number of currently serving RAF officers, who have previously served in the other ranks (OR) could be provided only at disproportionate cost. However, since April 2010 some 40 OR have been commissioned each year, and this represents 0.14% of the annual opening OR total.

All numbers are rounded to the nearest 10; numbers ending in five have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.

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