Armed Forces: Ethnic Groups

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 27th April 2016.

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Photo of David Lammy David Lammy Labour, Tottenham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the intake of BAME servicemen and women was as a proportion of total intake for each year from 2006 to the latest available figures.

Photo of Penny Mordaunt Penny Mordaunt Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)

The information held by the Ministry of Defence is as follows:

Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) intake as a proportion of Total UK Regulars1 Intake each year April 2008-April 2015.

12 Months ending

1 April 2008

1 April 2009

1 April 2010

1 April 2011

1 April 2012

1 April 2013

1 April 2014

1 April 2015










Source: Defence Statistics (Tri-Service)

Older information is not available as the current systems date back to 2007 only. Information on Reserves intake is due to be released as part of the UK Armed Forces Biannual Diversity Statistics on 26 May 2016. The most recent data can be found at:


1UK Regular Forces comprises Full-time personnel but does not include Gurkhas, Full Time Reserve Service personnel and Reservists. Percentages exclude those personnel with an unknown ethnicity.

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