Navy: Recruitment

Defence written question – answered on 22nd January 2014.

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Photo of Mike Hancock Mike Hancock Independent, Portsmouth South

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence

(1) how many new naval reserve recruits there were in (a) Portsmouth South constituency and (b) Hampshire in each of the last five years;

(2) how many regular naval recruits were enlisted in (a) Portsmouth South constituency, (b) Hampshire and (c) England in each of the last three years.

Photo of Anna Soubry Anna Soubry The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Naval recruitment is co-ordinated through the Armed Forces Careers Offices, not by geographic area. Recruiting figures for Regular naval recruits in the last three years are shown in Table A, and figures for Naval Reserve recruits in the last five years are shown in Table B:

Table A: Regular service entrants
  2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-141
Officers        
AFCO Portsmouth (RN) 0 0 0 0
RN & RM Careers Southampton 0 0 0 0
Admiralty Interview Board/Naval Recruiting 70 50 50 40
OCLC London 70 70 40 30
Total English offices 320 290 280 250
         
Other ranks        
AFCO Portsmouth (RN) 115 80 100 60
RN & RM Careers Southampton 40 30 40 40
Total English offices 1,950 1,670 2,120 1,700
Total English offices (All Regular service entrants) 2,270 1,960 2,400 1,960
Table B: Reserve service entrants
  2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-141
Officers            
AFCO Portsmouth (RN) 0 0 0 0 0 0
RN & RM Careers Southampton 0 0 0 0 0 0
Admiralty Interview Board 10 10 0 10 20 10
OCLC London 10 0 0 0 0 0
             
Other ranks            
AFCO Portsmouth (RN) 10 20 30 10 20 10
RN & RM Careers Southampton 0 10 10 0 0 0
1 To 31 December 2013. Note: Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10. Numbers ending in ‘5’ have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias. Totals and sub-totals have been rounded separately and so may not appear to be the sum of their parts.

Naval officers are normally recruited through one of seven Officer Careers Liaison Centres (OCLCs). Candidates from Portsmouth and Hampshire would normally be processed through OCLC London, along with candidates from a large area of southern England. Total numbers processed by OCLC London are provided above. It is not possible to separately identify those originating from a particular area. Specialist officer candidates, and those entering as Upper Yardmen, are processed directly by Naval Recruiting or the Admiralty Interview Board, both of which are based in Hampshire, but the candidates with whom they deal come from all over the UK.

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