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Armed Forces

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 10th 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 was the size of the armed forces on 31 December in (1) 2009, (2) 2010, (3) 2011, (4) 2012, (5) 2013, (6) 2014, and (7) 2015.

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

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many reservists there were in the armed forces on 31 December in (1) 2009, (2) 2010, (3) 2011, (4) 2012, (5) 2013, (6) 2014, and (7) 2015.

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

To ask Her Majesty’s Government how many regulars there were in the armed forces on 31 December in (1) 2009, (2) 2010, (3) 2011, (4) 2012, (5) 2013, (6) 2014, and (7) 2015.

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

The information is not held in the format requested. However, the table below shows the total number of UK Forces Service personnel, the number of Regular personnel and the number of Volunteer Reserve personnel as at 1 April each year for the years 2009 to 2015.

Prior to 1 April 2012 statistics for UK Forces Service Personnel were not held in a format suitable to answer the question. However some of this information is available on line at the following link:

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/personnel/military/quarterly-personnel-report

UK FORCES SERVICE PERSONNEL2

UK REGULAR FORCES3

VOLUNTEER RESERVE1

1 April 2009

..

188,600

34,790 e

1 April 2010

..

191,710

33,490 e

1 April 2011

..

186,360

31,260 e

1 April 2012

221,330

179,800

31,310

1 April 2013

211,340

170,710

30,360

1 April 2014

198,810

159,630

28,860

1 April 2015

195,690

153,720

31,260

  1. Volunteer Reserve includes mobilised volunteer reserves, High Readiness Reserves and those volunteer reserves serving on Full Time Reserve Service and Additional Duties Commitments, Non Regular Permanent Staff and Expeditionary Forces Institute. Sponsored Reserves and University Officer Cadets are excluded.
  1. UK Forces Service Personnel comprises UK Regular Forces, Gurkhas, Military Provost Guard Service, Locally Engaged Personnel, Volunteer Reserve, Serving Regular Reserve, Sponsored Reserve, and FTRS of unknown origin. University Officer Cadets are excluded. Unless otherwise stated, includes trained and untrained personnel.
  1. UK Regular Forces Full-time trained and untrained personnel and excludes Gurkhas, Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS) and reservists.

Rounding

Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10, though numbers ending in a “5” have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent the systematic bias caused by always rounding numbers upwards.

Symbols e – estimate

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