Armed Forces: Recruitment

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 8th February 2019.

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Photo of Mark Francois Mark Francois Conservative, Rayleigh and Wickford

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of their annual recruitment target for regular personnel in 2018-19 has so far been achieved by (a) the Royal Navy, (b) the Army, (c) the Royal Air Force and (d) the Royal Marines.

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

The recruitment figures for financial year (FY) 2018-19 up to 1 October 2018 have been published and can be found at Excel Table 4A of the UK Armed Forces Quarterly Service Personnel Statistics at the following link: https://www.gov.uk/government/statistics/quarterly-service-personnel-statistics-2018. Updated official statistics for performance as of 1 January 2019 will be published on 21 February 2019.

The percentage of recruitment achieved against FY 2018-19 targets up to 1 October 2018 is:

FY 2018-19 (to 1 October 2018)

Royal Navy – Officers

66%

Royal Navy – Other Ranks

38%

Army – Officers

77%

Army – Other Ranks

27%

Royal Air Force – Officers

85%

Royal Air Force – Other Ranks

71%

Royal Marines – Officers

100%

Royal Marines – Other Ranks

27%

The Ministry of Defence remains committed to maintaining the overall size of the Armed Forces and we have a range of measures under way to improve recruitment and retention. The challenge is kept under constant review.

Importantly the Services continue to meet all their current commitments, keeping the country and its interests safe.

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