Armed Forces: Recruitment

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 20th January 2017.

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Photo of Kevan Jones Kevan Jones Labour, North Durham

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the shortfall was for the recruitment of reserve and regular soldiers and officers in (a) Infantry, (b) Royal Artillery, (c) Royal Corps of Signals, (d) Army Medical Services, (e) Adjutant General's Corps, (f) Royal Armoured Corps, (g) Army Air Corps, (h) Royal Engineers, (i) Royal Logistics Corps, (j) Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers and (k) Intelligence Corps in the last 12 months.

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

The following table shows the number of regular soldiers recruited into the Army by Regiment or Corps for the 12 months from 1 December 2015 to

1 December 2016 against the target for that period.

Other Ranks

Target into Untrained Strength*

Actual (intake)

Household Cavalry/Royal Armoured Corps

660

580

Royal Artillery

750

600

Royal Engineers

810

650

Royal Corps of Signals

720

470

Army Air Corps

140

110

Royal Logistics Corps

1,280

880

Royal Army Medical Corps

240

210

Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers

890

730

Adjutant General’s Corps (Staff and Personnel Support)

320

130

Adjutant General’s Corps (Royal Military Police)

160

140

Intelligence Corps

130

110

Infantry

3,480

2,300

* Intake to untrained strength is those who commence Phase 1 training. Targets are internally set by the Army Recruitment and Training Division and are subject to constant change and review.

Officer recruits are recruited into the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst without being allocated a Regiment or Corps. For the period 1 December 2015 to 1 December 2016, 633 officer recruits were recruited into Untrained Strength against a target of 745.

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