Here’s how many trained regular soldiers there are in each of the British Army’s regiments and corps.
The following information breaks down the strength of the British Army by Regiment. The information came to light from the response to a written parliamentary question:
John Healey, MP for Wentworth and Dearne, asked:
“To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, in each year since 2010.”
James Heappey, Parliamentary Undersecretary (Ministry of Defence), responded:
“The number of trained Regular Soldiers as at 1 April, each year from 2017 to 2021, broken down by Arm/Service, is shown in the table below. Information for years 2010 – 2016 has already been provided as part of a previous parliamentary question and can be found at the following link: https://questions-statements.parliament.uk/written-questions/detail/2016-09-15/46584”
|Arm/Service||1 Apr 2017||1 Apr 2018||1 Apr 2019||1 Apr 2020||1 Apr 2021|
|Household Cavalry/Royal Armoured Corps||4,486||4,399||4,313||4,241||4,431|
|Royal Regiment of Artillery||5,922||5,727||5,466||5,228||5,506|
|Corps of Royal Engineers||7,245||7,092||6,892||6,689||7,500|
|Royal Corps of Signals||5,658||5,739||5,623||5,433||5,676|
|Army Air Corps||1,628||1,591||1,502||1,510||1,542|
|Royal Army Chaplain’s Department||131||126||118||117||120|
|The Royal Logistic Corps||10,448||10,406||10,140||9,982||9,941|
|Royal Army Medical Corps||2,950||3,024||3,008||3,060||3,095|
|Corps of Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers||7,464||7,309||7,275||7,012||7,358|
|Adjutant Generals Corps Staff & Personnel Support||3,223||3,218||3,107||2,958||3,033|
|Adjutant Generals Corps Royal Military Police||1,509||1,463||1,437||1,355||1,320|
|Adjutant Generals Corps Military Provost Service||175||178||165||149||141|
|Adjutant General’s Corps Educational and Training||274||275||285||280||302|
|Adjutant General’s Corps Army Legal Services Branch||99||99||88||89||91|
|Royal Army Veterinary Corps||354||353||341||337||350|
|Small Arms School Corps||147||146||143||142||142|
|Royal Army Dental Corps||227||212||201||188||182|
|Royal Army Physical Training Corps||443||435||429||433||435|
|Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps||871||880||913||927||949|
|Royal Corps of Army Music||697||690||674||675||646|
|Senior Soldier Continuity Posts||247||242||249||219||213|
1. Figures are for the Trade Trained Regular Army only and therefore exclude Gurkhas, Full Time Reserve Service, Mobilised Reserves, Army Reserve and all other Reserves, but includes those personnel that have transferred from GURTAM to UKTAP.
2. Figures represent personnel’s Arm/Service, regardless of the Unit they are serving in.
3. At any one situation date in the above table, there are less than circa 20 people who according to the Joint Personnel Administration System (JPA), do not have a known Arm/Service attributed to them. Whilst they are included in the total, they have not been included in the breakdown.
4. All Officers of Paid Rank Colonel and above are included in Staff, regardless of previous Arm/Service.