United Kingdom (UK) military strength vs. requirement 2018, by armed service

This statistic shows the workforce requirement and the actual strength for full-time trained personnel as of October 2018, by armed service. Overall, there was a deficit in full-time trained military personnel.

UK Ministry of Defense full-time trained service personnel strength versus requirement in 2018, by armed service*

RequirementStrengthSurplus (+) / deficit (-)
All services144,950135,360-6.6
Royal Navy/Marines30,51029,160-4.4
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Release date

November 2018


United Kingdom

Survey time period

October 1, 2017

Supplementary notes

* Full time trained strength and trained requirement comprises trained UK Regular Forces, trained Gurkhas and elements of the Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS) that may be deployed overseas, including Full Commitment (FC), Limited Commitment (LC), Home Commitment (HC) personnel. See Glossary for more details.

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