MoD releases latest UK Armed Forces manning figures
Figures showing that the UK Armed Forces are currently at 99.1 per cent of their full time Trained Strength requirement have been released today by the MOD. This is up from 98.7 per cent a year ago, although there has been a decrease in the last quarter from 99.7 per cent.
14,470 new recruits have joined the UK Regular Forces in the 12 months to 31 December 2010. This is a decrease of 9,540 from the 12 months to 31 December 2009, as, in line with reductions to announced in the Strategic Defence and Security Review, there is a reduced intake requirement.
The statistics also show that the number of people leaving the Trained Strength of the UK Regular Forces in the 12 months to 31 December 2010 has fallen by 5.4 per cent (1,040 people) compared with the same period a year ago.
As at 1 January 2011, the full time Trained Strength of the UK Armed Forces was 177,600 against a target of 179,130. This comprises 173,270 UK Regular Forces, 600 Full Time Reserve Service personnel and 3,730 Gurkhas.
As at 1 January 2011, the proportion of females in the UK Regular Forces was 12.2 per cent for officers and 9.1 per cent for other ranks. These percentages show a steady increase over the long term.
The percentage of UK Regular Forces from ethnic minority backgrounds has remained static at 6.6 per cent of UK Regular Forces since 1 July 2009.