Armed Forces

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 17th July 2019.

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Photo of Dan Jarvis Dan Jarvis Labour, Barnsley Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what recent estimate he has made of the size of the (a) regular armed forces community and (b) reserve armed forces community including the partners, spouses and children of people serving in the armed forces.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The requested information is provided below:

Number of Service Personnel and Estimate of the Number of Children and Marital Status as at 1 April 2019

Number of Service Personnel

Estimated Number of children

Estimated Numbers Married or in a Civil Partnership

UK Regular Forces1




Future Reserves 20202









1. Figures exclude Gurkhas, Regular Reserve, Sponsored Reserve, Military Provost Guard Service, Locally Engaged Personnel and elements of the Full-time Reserve Service (FTRS).

  1. Future Reserves 2020 includes volunteer reserves who are mobilised, High Readiness Reserves and Volunteer Reserve personnel serving on Additional Duties Commitment or FTRS contracts. Non Regular Permanent Staff, Expeditionary Forces Institute and University Officer Cadets and Regular Reservists are excluded.
  1. Figures for the number of children and marital status are estimates as the data is self-declared and has not been verified by Defence Statistics.
  1. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10, figures ending in “5” have been rounded to the nearest 20 to avoid systematic bias.

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