This question was recently answered in Parliament: "To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many openly gay people are currently serving in the (a) regular and (b) reserve armed forces." Armed Forces: Homosexuality: 7 Mar 2013: Hansard Written Answers and Statements - TheyWorkForYou Easy enough, you'd think. But examine the numbers below. Sorry, it won't let me format things properly, but I'm sure you can work it out: Armed forces RTS Phase 1 training Males Females Percentage Number Percentage Number Heterosexual/straight 96.0% 8,770 83.4% 736 Gay man 0.7% 67 0.6% 5 Gay woman/lesbian 0.1% 7 8.2% 72 Bisexual 0.6% 52 5.3% 47 Do not know 0.8% 73 0.6% 5 Prefer not to say 1.8% 167 2.0% 18 Armed forces RTS Phase 2 training Males Females Percentage Number Percentage Number Heterosexual/straight 95.5% 4,812 80.6% 512 Gay man 1.0% 48 0.6% 4 Gay woman/lesbian 0.2% 10 9.6% 61 Bisexual 0.6% 30 3.9% 25 Do not know 0.8% 42 0.9% 6 Prefer not to say 1.9% 98 4.3% 27 My conclusion: 1. We have a number of male lesbians in the Armed Forces. That's pretty impressive. 2. We also have a few women who are really gay men. 3. The percentage of gay men increases from Ph1 to Ph2 training - and that's surely a wonderful indicator of inclusivity in action! 4. Even by the end of Ph2, a fair few young men and women don't know if they are straight gay or whatever. 5. Importantly - the percentage of gay men and women increases from Ph1 to Ph2. This can mean one of two things. Either they re taking that 'bonding' possibly a little far or, more likely, gay men and women are hard as nails, used to putting up with abuse, and therefore sail through Ph1. Anyway, at least it shows that some young Soldiers retain a sense of humour! What does the Vast Body of ARRSE think of the numbers?