Armed Forces: Recruitment

Defence written question – answered on 12th February 2014.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence what proportion of Royal Navy officers are recruited from (a) Scotland, (b) England and Wales and (c) Northern Ireland.

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

The Royal Navy recruits officers mainly through seven regionally located Officer Careers Liaison Centres in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Peterborough and Plymouth in England; Rosyth in Scotland; and Belfast in Northern Ireland. The numbers shown in the following table relate to entrants processed through these offices only. They do not reflect the region the recruit originates from.

In addition, a number of officer candidates are processed centrally through the Admiralty Interview Board, for example those on bursaries and sponsorship schemes; specialists, for example medical officers; and inter-service transfers.

  Percentage
  Royal Navy officers Royal Marine officers
Scotland 6.7 4.6
England and Wales 70.6 89.7
Northern Ireland 1.0 1.5
Centrally recruited 21.8 4.1

These figures are for the period April 2010 to January 2014 and are regular service entrants only; they exclude commissions from the ranks.

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