Army

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 12th October 2016.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many trained soldiers were assigned to the 3rd Division (UK) in each year since 2010.

Photo of Mike Penning Mike Penning The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

The Full Time Trained Strength of 3 Div as at the 1 April, from 2010 to present, is shown in the table below.

Total

Officers

Other Ranks

1 April 2010

26,180

2,030

24,150

1 April 2011

25,100

1,880

23,220

1 April 2012

23,990

1,840

22,140

1 April 2013

21,790

1,760

20,030

1 April 2014

19,030

1,520

17,510

1 April 2015

17,960

1,500

16,460

1 April 2016

14,540

1,200

13,340

The figures are for Full Time Trained Strength comprising Trained Regular, Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS) and Gurkhas.

Figures have been rounded to "10". Figures ending in "5" have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.

The reduction in the number of personnel assigned 3rd (United Kingdom) Division (3 Div) follows the creation of Force Troops Command under Army 2020. This saw the transfer of many personnel previously assigned directly to 3 Div being transferred to this new formation.

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