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 Royal Air Force for each of the following ranks: (1) Marshal of the Royal Air Force, (2) Air Chief Marshal, (3) Air Marshal, (4) Air Vice -Marshal, (5) Air Commodore, and (6) Group Captain; 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 Royal Air Force are provided in the following table. The RAF has promoted a second female to Air Vice Marshal (2 star) level since 1 January.

Information on education is not available as it is not routinely recorded.

Rank Female Male
Marshal of the Royal Air Force 0 0
Air Chief Marshal 0 3
Air Marshal 0 8
Air Vice-Marshal 1 24
Air Commodore 4 72
Group Captain* 20 290

* Rounding has been used for Group Captains. 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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