Navy: Recruitment

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 11th September 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 officers and ratings in the Royal Navy (a) surface fleet, (b) Fleet Air Arm, (c) Royal Fleet Auxiliary in the last 12 months.

Photo of Mark Lancaster Mark Lancaster The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

Recruitment information is recorded by financial year (FY) not calendar year, and therefore the following information is provided for FY 2016-17.

At the end of FY 2016-17, the Royal Navy's actual intake of Regulars into untrained strength for General Service and the Fleet Air Arm was 1,950 against a target of 2,350

For the Maritime Reserves (which consists of the Royal Naval Reserve and the Royal Marines Reserve), I refer the hon. Member to the statement made by my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Defence (Sir Michael Fallon) on 8 November 2016 (HCWS248). At the end of FY 2016-17, the Maritime Reserves Trained Strength was 2,560.

At the end of FY 2016-17, the Royal Fleet Auxiliary's actual intake into untrained strength was 160 against a target of 250.


1. Intake target information is derived from unpublished management information. Targets are internally set and are subject to constant change and review.

2. Actual Intake of RN Regulars comprises a mix of those joining from civilian life or from within the Armed Forces. Figures here may differ from other published intake statistics, which exclude movements within the Regular Forces.

3. Due to differences in methodologies and definitions, recruitment targets and intake figures are not perfectly comparable. However intake figures should be considered to be an appropriate and fair proxy for assessing recruitment performance at a high level.

4. All figures have been rounded to the nearest 10, numbers ending in 5 have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.

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