The Ministry of Defence (MOD) publishes a wide range of Armed Forces personnel statistics.
The main purpose of these statistics is; to inform policy and decision making within the Department, to measure the performance of the Ministry of Defence against Government and Parliament targets, and also to inform general debate in Government, Parliament and the wider public.
These personnel statistics are primarily counts of the number of Service personnel in the Armed Forces (or ‘strengths’), the number of personnel joining (intake) and numbers of personnel leaving (outflow) all of which are reported by various categories of interest and at differing levels of detail.
This Background Quality Report (BQR) reports on the quality of all the Official Statistics, using UK Armed Forces personnel data and applications statistics produced by Defence Statistics (Tri-Service).
Source: Ministry of Defence