Management of Defence - Defence Personnel Totals - m13 - Strength of UK Regular Forces - Deployment in Budgetary Areas - Deployment Locations - Recruitment of Regular Forces - Outflow of Regular Forces - Reserve Forces

DEFENCE PERSONNEL TOTALS

Plans for the future size of the UK Armed Forces as published in the Defence Plan 2008-12 are as follows:
 

Year

 

2008-09

 

2009-10

 

2010-11

 

2011-12

Royal Navy

 

35,790

 

35,410

 

35,360

 

35,380

Army

 

101,660

 

101,630

 

101,560

 

101,510

RAF

 

40,830

 

40,830

 

40,670

 

40,170

 

TOTAL SERVICE AND CIVILIAN PERSONNEL STRENGTH (EARLY 2009)

   
UK service personnel 187,210
UK civilian personnel 86,970
Gurkhas 3,600
277,780

For comparison: Total Service and Civilian Personnel Strength (1 April 1990)

   
UK service personnel (including Gurkhas) 305,700
UK civilian personnel 141,400

447,100


Note: In 1990, the figures for the then Ulster Defence Regiment (full time personnel) were included in the UK service personnel total.

Strength of UK Regular Forces Trained and Untrained (Early 2009)

Royal Navy Officers Other Ranks
Trained 6,400 27,810
Untrained 1,050 2,900
 
  Army
  Trained 13,690 80,710
Untrained 910 10,440
Royal Air Force
Trained 8,450 30,620
Untrained 1,270 2,960
Recruitment of UK Regular Forces (12 months ending in December 2009)
Officers Other Ranks
  Royal Navy 350 (665) 2,940 (4,704)
  Army 1,260 (1,525) 10,390 (18,743)
Royal Air Force 500 (936) 2,000 (6,078)
For Comparison - 1985-86 figures are in brackets. RAF officer figures are our estimate.
Outflow of UK Regular Forces (12 months ending in December 2008)
  Officers Other Ranks
  Royal Navy 450 (771) 3,210 (7,232)
  Army 1,080 (1,985) 10,010 (19,316)
  Royal Air Force 620 (983) 3,190 (6,234)
 
For Comparison - 1985-86 figures are in brackets.

Deployment - UK Armed Forces (during early 2009)
United Kingdom
    Officers Other Ranks Total
Royal Navy 7,000 30,200 37,200
Army 11,607 70,280 81,800
Royal Air Force 9,000 32,060 41,060
Germany
Officers Other Ranks Total
Royal Navy 20 30 50
Army 1,910 17,150 19,060
Royal Air Force 120 170 290
Cyprus
Officers Other Ranks Total
Royal Navy 10 30 40
Army 200 1,680 1,880
Royal Air Force 100 860 960
Gibraltar
Officers Other Ranks Total
Royal Navy 20 140 160
Army 10 30 40
Royal Air Force 10 70 80
Brunei
Officers Other Ranks Total
Royal Navy 0 10 10
Army 50 80 130
Royal Air Force 0 0 0
Note: This table does not include approximately 600 soldiers from the Royal Gurkha Rifles.
North Africa and Middle East (excluding Iraq)
Officers Other Ranks Total
Royal Navy 60 50 110
Army 80 40 120
Royal Air Force 50 50 100
United States
Officers Other Ranks Total
Royal Navy 110 30 140
Army 100 20 120
Royal Air Force 130 70 200
Canada
Officers Other Ranks Total
Royal Navy 10 0 10
Army 60 190 250
Royal Air Force 10 0 10
Total UK Regular Forces serving overseas
Officers Other Ranks Total
Royal Navy 440 550 990
Army 2,720 19,660 22,380
Royal Air Force 630 1,440 2,070

RESERVE FORCES


In an emergency, the UK MoD could call upon a tri-service reserve component of some 216,000 personnel (early - 2009 estimate). This figure is composed of Regular Reserves and Volunteer Forces as follows:
 

Naval Regular Reserves 19,560
Naval Volunteer Reserves 4,100
Regular Army Reserves 130,000 (our estimate)
Territorial Army & Others 35,020
Royal Air Force Regular Reserves 26,000 (our estimate)
Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserves 2,200

Regular Reserves (175,560) comprise ex-service personnel who have completed regular service and have a reserve liability in civilian life. The Volunteer Forces (41,320) comprise volunteers who may not have had prior regular service and train on a part time basis, generally at establishments close to their home.

CADET FORCES

In April 2008 there were 150,810 in the Cadet Forces of the three services. Single service cadet force numbers were as follows:
 

Royal Navy
Sea Cadets 12,750
Combined Cadet Force 5,870
Army
Army Cadets 53,190
Combined Cadet Force 29,540
Royal Air Force
Air Training Corps 39,340
Combined Cadet Force 10,120