Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 2nd August 2019.

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Photo of Lord Kilclooney Lord Kilclooney Crossbench

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many (1) men, and (2) women, are in the British army.

Photo of Baroness Goldie Baroness Goldie Lord in Waiting (HM Household) (Whip), The Minister of State, Ministry of Defence

As at 1 April 2019, there were 74,940 male and 7,510 female personnel in the Regular Army and Gurkha population, and 25,400 male and 4,060 female personnel in the Army Reserve.


The Figures are for trained and untrained Regular and Gurkha personnel excluding Full Time Reserve Service.

Reserve figures are taken from the FR20 population consisting of Group A Army Reserves, some Sponsored Reserves and those personnel serving on FTRS contracts who were previously Army Reservists.

Figures have been rounded to 10 for presentational purposes.

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