Army: Length of Service

Defence written question – answered on 25th June 2014.

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Photo of Alex Cunningham Alex Cunningham Labour, Stockton North

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence pursuant to the answer of 16 June 2014, Official Report, column 363W, on army: length of service, if he will provide the full calculations used to produce that Answer.

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

The table included in my answer of 16 June 2014 included a column headed ‘Average Strength’. This was incorrectly labelled and should have been headed ‘Underlying Outflow’.

The tables from my answers of 3 April 2014, Hansard, column 809W, and 16 June 2014, Hansard, column 363W, are reproduced as follows with the correct headings and to provide clarity.

  Average Career Length  
Regiment/Corps Enlisted under 18 Enlisted 18 or over Underlying Outflow
Household Cavalry & Royal Armoured Corps 11 years, 4 months 9 years, 4 months 1,860
Royal Artillery 13 years, 0 months 9 years, 6 months 2,210
Royal Engineers 12 years, 11 months 8 years, 6 months 2,830
Royal Signals 14 years, 5 months 10 years, 1 months 1,830
Infantry 11 years, 0 months 7 years, 9 months 8,700
Army Air Corps 14 years, 1 months 11 years, 3 months 370
Royal Logistic Corps 13 years, 5 months 10 years, 2 months 4,560
Royal Army Medical Corps 12 years, 1 months 9 years, 10 months 560
Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers 14 years, 4 months 13 years, 3 months 2,670
Adjutant General’s Corps (Provost) 19 years, 7 months 13 years, 6 months 400
Adjutant General’s Corps (Staff and Personnel Support) 18 years, 10 months 14 years, 4 months 870
Royal Army Veterinary Corps 12 years, 10 months 9 years, 6 months 80
Small Arms School Corps 23 years, 0 months 21 years, 5 months 20
Royal Army Dental Corps 13 years, 7 months 11 years, 10 months 60
Intelligence Corps 22 years, 10 months 14 years, 4 months 240
Royal Army Physical Training Corps 22 years, 0 months 19 years, 11 months 110
Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps 14 years, 5 months 11 years, 4 months 140
Corps of Army Music 22 years, 2 months 13 years, 3 months 180
Senior Soldier Continuity Posts (Long Service) 34 years, 11 months 30 years, 4 months 140
Notes/Caveats: Underlying outflow figures have been rounded to 10; numbers ending in “5” have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias. Source: Defence Statistics (Army)

An individual's length of service and enlistment age have been calculated using the current entry date recorded on the Joint Personnel Administration system. There can be small anomalies in the data where personnel have transferred to the Army from another service, served under an alternative assignment type (eg reserve forces), are re-entrants or have transferred from officers to other ranks.

The average career length is a simple calculation based on dividing the total length of service of all those personnel who have left the Army by Corps between 1 April 2010 and 31 March 2013 by the total number of personnel leaving each Corps during the same period.

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