A year in Parliament.....

... or how the "improvements" in TA recruiting actually add up to the loss of more than a battalion's worth of volunteer soldiers.

Top Tip for the Dirty Duke's replacement - don't waste the budget on 180 extra NRPS jobs for "past their sell by date" ex-regulars - Oops we've got em for the next 5 years now!



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OK, I cannot read this .pdf, as it won't open in DII. Any chance of seeing the whole thing, or another link, please - it sounds intriguing.


Monday, 6 February 2006

Don Touhig (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence) | Hansard source

As at 1 December 2005, the total strength of the TA was 37,430 against an establishment of 41,610.

This figure includes 1,180 mobilized personnel and 5,750 members of the Officer Training Corps but excludes 1,070 Non Regular Permanent Staff. Full Time Reserve Service personnel are also excluded The figures have been rounded to the nearest 10

Wednesday, 29 March 2006

Don Touhig (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence) | Hansard source

Figures on the number of recruits are only available for the past two ears. 5,710 recruits enlisted into the Territorial Army in 2004 and 6,430 in 2005. The number of recruits who have qualified to be deployable is not held centrally but the trained strength in each of the past five years is shown in the following table. All trained personnel may be deployed providing they are medically fit and have not been deployed within the timescales utlined in the Reserve Forces Act 1996.

As at April each year Number
2001 29,520
2002 27,800
2003 26,730
2004 25,630
2005 24,310

The number of personnel enlisted and leaving in each of the past six months is shown in the following table:

Inflow Outflow
August 2005 550 720
September 2005 470 720
October 2005 590 460
November 2005 770 540
December 2005 370 270
January 2006 510 660

These figures exclude Full Time Reserve Service, Non Regular Permanent Staff and Officer Training Corps. Figures have been rounded to the nearest 10, and numbers ending in 5 to the nearest 20 to avoid systematic bias. The inflow figures include all inflow except personnel returning from mobilization. The outflow figures include all outflow except those who are mobilizing. Recruit is deemed to be anybody joining the strength of the TA

Wednesday, 26 April 2006

Adam Ingram (Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence) | Hansard source

The current strength of the Territorial Army (TA), excluding the Officer Training Corps (OTC), stands at some 31,950 against an establishment of approximately 38,500, excluding OTC. This represents approximately 83 per cent. of the manning requirement. Achieving full manning of the TA is dependent not only upon recruitment levels but also retention. Major efforts are under way to address both issues and recent increases in TA recruitment are encouraging. It is not possible at this time to predict when full manning of the TA might be achieved

Thursday, 11 May 2006

Tom Watson (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence) | Hansard source

It is not possible to provide comprehensive and accurate details on Territorial Army (TA) recruiting spend alone nor break it down into the detail requested. Spending on TA recruitment is a multi-layer activity involving disparate formations, units and agencies spanning a number of different budget areas, which allocate funds over a financial year, not by quarters.
The overall national marketing spend for financial year (FY) 2005-06 for the Army (both Regular and TA) was £38.4 million and the national marketing budget for FY 2006-07 is £25.8 million. This includes £5 million and £2.3 million specifically earmarked for TA activities. However, the TA also benefits further from many elements of the rest of the national Army marketing budget, which are aimed at both the Regular Army and the TA. These encompass television and press advertising, the production of DVDs, leaflets, pamphlets and brochures as well as the overarching
production and design costs.
In addition, £12.9 million was spent on various TA recruiting (and in some cases retention) initiatives in FY 2005-06 and £12.5 million is allocated for 2006-07. These initiatives include the establishment of additional posts to further improve TA recruiting hierarchy and infrastructure, the stablishment of Brigade Recruitment and Advisory Teams, improvement of recruiting Reception Centres and other ad hoc recruiting drives.

Monday, 22 May 2006

Tom Watson (Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Ministry of Defence) Link to this | Hansard source

…… the outflow from the Territorial Army was 16,000 for 1999-2000 and last year it was only 8,000. We are working on the issue. Times are challenging, but we have to find innovative ways to recruit and retain military personnel, and we continue to do so

Monday, 26 June 2006

Adam Ingram (Minister of State (Armed Forces), Ministry of Defence) Link to this | Hansard source

As at April 2006, the TA's strength was more than 2 per cent. higher than it was one year ago, and it is at its highest level since June 2004. Its strength has increased by about 900 since the beginning of the year, which could indicate a trend. However, in respect of the TA, the reserves and the regular forces, constant effort needs to be made to keep
the marketing intensity high, because that is what the competition is doing to attract young men and women into their areas of interest. We are beginning to see some trends that are to our benefit, but we can maintain them only through such intensive effort.

Tuesday, 28 November 2006

Derek Twigg (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Veterans), Ministry of Defence) | Hansard source holding answer 20 November 2006

The Additional posts identified to enable the restructuring and re-balancing of the Territorial Army (TA) as a result of the Future Army Strategy (TA) broken down by Arm are shown in the table as follows:

Arm/Service NRPS total pre all FAS changes NRPS total post all FAS changes Change
RAC 79 74 -5
RA 137 118 -19
RE 72 112 +40
R SIGNALS 187 195 +8
INF 231 221 -10
AAC 21 31 +10
AMS 144 162 +18
REME 58 68 +10
AGC(RMP) 10 15 +5
INT 23 30 +7
RLC 178 257 +79
E2 (Any Arm/Service) 14 50 +36
Total 1,154 1,333 +179

Monday, 11 December 2006

Derek Twigg (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Veterans), Ministry of Defence) Link to this | Hansard source

The number of new recruits into the Territorial Army remains relatively high, but we are not complacent and we continue to focus our efforts on improving TA manning, which is a key priority for the commander of regional forces. A number of key initiatives have been and are being introduced to improve recruitment and retention, including project
one Army recruiting, which is designed to provide greater integration and coherence between the TA and the Regular Army recruiting offices and which will begin in April 2007; future marketing campaigns that specifically target the TA; and more fundamentally, the changes introduced to the TA structures, which are already having a positive impact on TA manning levels.

Derek Twigg (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Veterans), Ministry of Defence) Link to this | Hansard source

There are a lot of initiatives in terms of retention and recruitment. As of 1 September 2006, the strength of the TA was 1.6 per cent. higher than it had been; we have seen an increase of about 500 people in the TA in the last 12 months. If the hon. Gentleman looks at the report from the National Audit Office which was produced earlier this year, he will
find that there is quite a lot of enthusiasm for staying in the TA. Some of those people have decided to join the regulars

Friday, 19 January 2007

Derek Twigg (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Veterans), Ministry of Defence) | Hansard source

The following table shows the intake and outflow of TA personnel during the period 1 October 2003 to 31 October 2006. October 2003 is the earliest date for which reliable TA inflow and outflow data are available.
Inflow and outflow of the Territorial Army by calendar year( 1, 2, 3, 4)
Calendar year Inflow(5) Outflow (6)
2003 (1 October to 31 December) 3,360 2,370
2004 7,690 9,410
2005 8,650 8,240
2006 (up to 31 October) 6,800 8,670
(1) The data exclude full-time reserve service (FTRS), non-regular permanent staff (NRPS) and mobilised TA but includes the officer training corps (OTC).
(2) The data are based on flows during the period 1 October 2003 to 31 December 2003, calendar years 2004 and 2005, and 2006 to 31 October.
(3) The data have been rounded to the nearest 10, numbers ending in '5' have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to avoid systematic bias.
(4) Figures are for both officers and soldiers.
(5) Inflow figures include all inflow e.g. intake from civil life and intake from other parts of the armed forces, but does not include the inflow of personnel returning from mobilisation.
(6) Outflow figures exclude those personnel who became mobilised.

Wednesday, 24 January 2007

Derek Twigg (Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Veterans), Ministry of Defence) | Hansard source

The available requirement and strength data are given as follows.
1997(1) 2006( 2) Requirement Strength( 3) Requirement Strength( 3)
Territorial Army(4) 59,000 56,200 42,000 35,940
Royal Naval Reserve(5) n/a 2,670 2,900 2,180
Royal Marines Reserve(5) n/a 890 990 710
Royal Auxiliary Air Force(6) 2,250 1,740 2,220
n/a = not available
(1) Royal Auxiliary Air Force data are at 1 January 1999. All others at 1 April 1997.
(2) Territorial Army (TA) data are at 1 November 2006. Royal Naval Reserve (RNR) data and Royal Marines Reserve (RMR) data are at 1 October 2006. Royal Auxiliary Air Force Requirement data are at 1 April 2006. Royal Auxiliary Air Force Strength data are at 1 October 2006.
(3) Strength figures are for both trained and untrained personnel.
(4) The 1997 figures exclude Mobilised TA personnel as the reserve type cannot be easily identified. There were a total of 990 Mobilised Personnel (Volunteer and Regular Reserve) at 1 April 1997. The 2006 figures include 1,060 Mobilised TA Personnel. All TA figures include Officer Training Corps (OTC) and exclude Non Regular Permanent Staff (NRPS) and Full Time Reserve Service (FTRS). At 1 November 2006 there were 4,910 capbadged OTC personnel.
(5) RNR and RMR strength figures exclude FTRS.
(6) The Royal Auxiliary Air Force Requirement includes FTRS Home Commitment (HC) and Limited Commitment (LC); the Strength includes FTRS (HC), (LC) and Full Commitment (FC) (for which there is no separate requirement).
(7 )Provisional. Due to the introduction of a new personnel administration system for RAF, all RAF data from 1 May 20O6 are provisional and subject to review.
First of all "Old Snowy" - if you are on DII shouldn't you be working, you regular/FTRS/NRPS slacker !

Basically its just a precis of ministerial answers to PQs over the last year. Headline figures are that at 1 Dec 05 we had 37 430 (including 5,750 UOTC) and by 1 Nov 06 we had 35 940 (including 4 910 UOTC).

So after a year when loads of money has been spent (including the aforementioned job creation scheme for unemployable ex-regs), CRF has had the TA at the top of his list, and everything is going swimmimgly, we have somehow lost 650 TA Gp A personnel somewhere.


And I thought it was about something important :roll:

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