Consultation outcome

MOD personnel statistics: change to army trained strength definition

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Consultation response

Detail of outcome

Defence Statistics have consulted on the changes to the definition of trained strength for the army and the resultant changes to the Ministry of Defence armed forces personnel statistics.

Further to the agreement of the new terminology of trained strength, please see attached a consultation response incorporating this terminology.

Original consultation


SDSR UK Resilience: trained strength definition for the army and resultant changes to Ministry of Defence armed forces personnel statistics.

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Consultation description

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) announced on 30 June 2016 that it was changing the army trained, disciplined manpower by changing the definition of trained strength to include those in the army whom have completed Phase 1 training. This will affect some tri-service totals. This does not affect the naval service or the RAF in any way.

The MOD publishes a wide range of armed forces personnel statistics and the change of definition will, in places, change how we intend to present these statistics. We intend to use this new definition in our 1 October 2016 editions published in November 2016.

How to respond:

Please provide your comments on how this will impact on you:

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Defence Statistics (Tri-Service)
Ministry of Defence
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Published 11 July 2016
Last updated 7 November 2016 + show all updates
  1. Added consultation response document.
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