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Armed Forces: Discharges

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 8th February 2016.

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Photo of Lord Touhig Lord Touhig Opposition Whip (Lords), Shadow Spokesperson (Defence)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of the number of regulars leaving the (1) army, (2) Royal Navy, and (3) Royal Air Force, in 2015.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence, Deputy Leader of the House of Lords

Trained Regular outflow in 2015 has fallen when compared with previous years, and across all Services. This is in line with Strategic Defence and Security Review 2010 (SDSR10) manpower targets that mandated reductions in Trained Regular Strength across all Services. In order to meet the targets set out in SDSR10 and the Three-Month Exercise a redundancy programme was set up, enabling the Armed Forces to maintain the right balance of skills across the rank structures into the future. With the redundancy programme now complete, trained Regular outflow has reduced year on year as the Services seek to balance force levels against their 2020 targets.

The levels of outflow are monitored very carefully by the individual Services and the Defence Board to ensure they do not impact on operational capability or the future sustainability of Armed Forces manning structures.

The following table provides detailed information on trained Regular Forces outflow since 2012.

UK Trained Regular Forces Outflow

Source: Defence Statistics (Tri-Service)

12 Months Ending

2012 31 December

2013 31 December

2014 31 December

2015 30 November

All Services





of which:

Royal Navy/Royal Marines










Royal Air Force





Notes: Figures show outflow from UK Trained Regular Forces. They do not include promotion from Ranks to Officers or flows between Services. Figures on Trained Regular Outflow for the 12 months up to 31 December 2015 are not yet available, and will be published on 11 February 2016.

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