Armed Forces: Recruitment

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 23rd February 2015.

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Photo of The Marquess of Lothian The Marquess of Lothian Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many people were recruited to the regular army, navy and airforce over the last six months; and how those numbers compare to targets for such recruitment.

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

The information requested is shown below:

Intake of untrained personnel to UK Regular Forces by Service


(Financial Year



(at 31 December 2014)

Royal Navy






Royal Air Force



Intake comprises new entrants, re-entrants, and intake from the Reserves. It excludes all movements within the Regular Forces; including flows from the untrained to trained strength, transfers between Services and flows from Ranks to Officer due to promotion.

UK Regulars are full time Service personnel, including Nursing Services, but excluding Full Time Reserve Service personnel, Gurkhas, mobilised Reservists, Military Provost Guarding Service, Locally Engaged Personnel, and Non Regular Permanent Service.

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