Reserve Forces

Defence written question – answered on 8th September 2014.

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Photo of Bob Russell Bob Russell Liberal Democrat, Colchester

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many people were recruited to the Reserve forces in the last 12 months; how this figure compares to his Department's target figures; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Julian Brazier Julian Brazier The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The UK Armed Forces Quarterly Personnel report, which is published by Defence Statistics, shows Reserve trained and untrained strength figures, as well as movements into the Future Reserves 2020 population. It is available on the website at the following link:

The trained strength of the Future Reserves 2020 population as at 1 April 2014 exceeded the target figures set out in the written ministerial statement and paper that the former Defence Secretary, my right hon. Friend Mr Hammond placed in the Library of the House on 19 December 2013, Hansard, column 124WS, shown as follows:

  1 April 2014 Target 1 April 2014 Actual
Total 21,780 22,480
Maritime Reserve 1,780 1,870
Army Reserve 18,800 19,400
RAuxiliaryAF 1,200 1,220

We are committed to achieving our target of 35,000 trained Reserves by the end of 2018-19.

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