Army: Officers

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 19 February 2024.

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Photo of Desmond Swayne Desmond Swayne Conservative, New Forest West

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many Army officers transferred to Intermediate Regular Commissions in each of the last ten years.

Photo of James Heappey James Heappey Minister of State (Ministry of Defence) (Minister for the Armed Forces)

The below table shows the Army’s Regular Trade Trained Commission Conversions from Short Service Commissions to Intermediate Regular Commissions (IRC) over the last ten financial years (FY).

Commission to IRC Contract Type

FY 2013-14

FY 2014-15

FY 2015-16 3

FY 2016-17

FY 2017-18

FY 2018-19

FY 2019-20

FY 2020-21

FY 2021-22

FY 2022-23

IRC Total

350

230

910

520

530

480

450

460

390

390

Army IRC (Direct Entry)

340

220

870

510

510

450

440

440

360

380

Army IRC (Late Entry)

10

10

30

10

20

20

20

20

20

20

Table notes:

  1. The figures are for the Trade Trained Regular Army only and therefore exclude Gurkhas, Full Time Reserve Service, Mobilised Reserves, Army Reserve and all other Reserves, but includes those personnel that have transferred from GURTAM to UKTAP.
  1. Figures are for those who converted from the SSC to IRC for both Direct Entry and Late Entry officers.
  1. During financial year 2015/16 the New Employment Model (NEM) engagement was introduced. This resulted in a number of people moving between commission types. The Joint Personnel Administrative System (JPA) was updated to identify NEM engagements which reduced our ability to identify conversion of commissions. The step change from 2014-15 to 2015-16 was an Army workforce plan which sought to increase the commission conversion rates of officers.
  1. Figures exclude promotions from Other Ranks to Officer i.e. Late Entry commissions.
  1. Figures have been rounded to 10 for presentational purposes; numbers ending in "5" have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.
  1. Totals and sub-totals have been rounded separately and so may not appear to be the sum of their parts.

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