Armed Forces: Cadets

Ministry of Defence written question – answered at on 28 February 2024.

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Photo of Neil O'Brien Neil O'Brien Conservative, Harborough

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, how many young people were members of (a) air, (b) sea and (c) army cadet units in each year since 2010.

Photo of Andrew Murrison Andrew Murrison The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

The below table shows cadet strengths at 1 April each year since 2010.

All Sea Cadet Corps

Army Cadet Force

All Air Training Corps

1 April 2010

8,310

46,990

33,560

*1 April 2011

12,910

44,890

35,210

1 April 2012

13,860

45,110

35,750

1 April 2013

13,740

43,860

33,490

1 April 2014

13,630

41,040

33,590

1 April 2015

13,710

41,370

33,370

1 April 2016

14,100

39,760

32,860

1 April 2017

14,000

38,810

31,190

1 April 2018

14,100

38,080

31,610

1 April 2019

14,540

37,670

32,850

1 April 2020

14,670

37,410

32,760

1 April 2021

13,220

34,080

26,300

1 April 2022

13,580

33,300

26,040

1 April 2023

13,730

38,180

31,420

*From 1 April 2011, Sea Cadet Corps figures include juniors (10-11 year olds) whereas they were previously excluded.

Annual statistics on the strength of Ministry of Defence sponsored cadet forces for 2016 – 2023 are published on gov.uk at the following link:

www.gov.uk/government/collections/mod-sponsored-cadet-forces-statistics-index

Statistics on the strength of community cadet forces as at 1 April each year can be found at Table 1 in the latest publication’s accompanying MS Excel spreadsheet.

Cadet statistics prior to 2016 were published in the UK reserve forces and cadets strength reports on gov.uk at the following link:

www.gov.uk/government/collections/strength-of-the-uk-reserve-forces-index

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