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Defence employment (UK): Social Indicators page

Published Monday, November 27, 2017

An overview of the strength of the UK Armed Forces.

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Defence employment (UK)

At 1 September 2017 the total strength of the full time trained and untrained UK Armed Forces was 155,223. There were 88,049 personnel in the Army, 33,135 in the Naval Service, and 34,039 in the RAF.

The trained strength of the UK Armed Forces at 1 September 2017 was 137,720 - this was a deficit of 7,693 under the required 145,413 personnel.

The total strength of the full time trained and untrained UK Regular Forces at 1 September 2017 was 147,281. This was around 23.2% lower than the strength recorded on 1 April 2010, 29.1% lower than 1 April 2000, and 54.1% lower than 1 April 1980.

At 1 April 2017 there were 15,270 women (10.2%) within the UK Regular Forces and 10,680 (7.2%) BAME personnel. Just under half of all UK Regular personnel were under the age of 30.

Source: House of Commons Library, UK Defence Personnel Statistics (CBP 7930), 29 June 2017

Commons Briefing papers SN02621

Author: Noel Dempsey

Topics: Armed forces, Employment

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