Armed Forces: Officers

House of Lords written question – answered on 20th March 2014.

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Photo of Lord Willis of Knaresborough Lord Willis of Knaresborough Liberal Democrat

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many officers there are in the Army for each of the following ranks: (1) Field Marshal, (2) General, (3) Lieutenant General, (4) Major General, (5) Brigadier, and (6) Colonel; how many in each rank are female; and how many in each rank were educated privately.

Photo of Lord Astor of Hever Lord Astor of Hever The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

As of 1 January 2014, the official Defence Statistics for male and female officers in the Army are provided in the following table. Information on education is not available as it is not routinely recorded.

Rank Female Male
Field Marshal 0 0
General 0 5
Lieutenant General 0 11
Major General 0 42
Brigadier 2 158
Colonel 25 495



1. Percentages are calculated from unrounded data.

2. Regular Forces comprises trained and untrained personnel and excludes Gurkhas, Full Time Reserve Service personnel and mobilised reservists.

3. Rounding has been used for Colonels. When rounding to the nearest 10, numbers ending in “5” have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.

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