Armed Forces: Recruitment

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 24th October 2019.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what proportion of new recruits to the armed forces came from the North East of England in each of the last five years for which figures are available.

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

The requested information is provided in the following table:

Proportion of North East of England Intake to the Untrained Regular Armed Forces, by Financial Year and Service

Financial Year

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

Royal Navy/Royal Marines

6.5%

7.8%

6.6%

7.0%

5.7%

Financial Year

2013-14

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

Army

5.3%

7.1%

6.7%

5.7%

5.9%

Financial Year

2014-15

2015-16

2016-17

2017-18

2018-19

Royal Air Force

4.4%

5.9%

7.0%

6.8%

6.6%

Notes:

1) UK Regulars are full-time Service personnel, including Nursing Services and, excluding FTRS personnel, Gurkhas, mobilised Reservists, Military Provost Guarding Service (MPGS), Locally Engaged Personnel (LEP), and Non-Regular Permanent Service (NRPS).

2) Figures include both Officers and Other Ranks.

3) Region has been identified from Contact Postcode as recorded in the Defence Recruitment System (DRS).

4) Total includes personnel who do not have a full UK postcode recorded in DRS and those that have a service record that cannot be cross-referenced to DRS.

5) 2018-19 statistics are not yet available for the Army, and so the latest available figures have been provided.

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