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|UK regular forces other ranks by top level budget and NATO rank( 1) at 1 April 2006|
|O R -9||O R -8( 4)||O R -7||O R -6||O R -4||O R -3( 3,4)||O R -2||O R -1( 3)||Total|
Air Officer Commanding-in-Chief RAF Personnel and Training Command
|(1 )No Service have personnel at NATO Rank OF-10.|
(2) 2(nd) Sea Lord/Commander-in-Chief Naval Home Command TLB has closed, personnel now belong to Commander-in-Chief Fleet TLB. Operational and support personnel are therefore consolidated within the one Navy TLB.
(3) The Naval Service has no personnel at NATO Ranks OR-1 or OR-3
(4) The Royal Air Force has no personnel at NATO Ranks OR-3 or OR-8
(5) zero or rounded to zero.
1. Due to the introduction of a new Personnel Administration System for RAF, 1 April 2006 RAF Budgetary data are provisional and subject to review.
2. Due to the rounding methods used, totals may not always equal the sum of the parts. When rounding to the nearest 10, numbers ending in 5 have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.
Mark Pritchard: To ask the Secretary of State for Defence how many armed forces personnel were granted a divorce in (a) 2005 and (b) 2006 who (i) have since left the armed forces and (ii) are still serving. 
Derek Twigg: The following tables provide the number of Army and RAF personnel divorcing in 2005 and 2006, broken down by divorcees who have subsequently left the armed forces and those still serving. Naval service data are not available as the Naval service groups Separated, Divorced and Widowed together.
Figures are for UK regular forces, and therefore exclude Gurkhas, full-time reserve service personnel, the Home Service battalions of the Royal Irish Regiment and mobilised reservists. Figures are for trained and untrained personnel excluding officer designates.
The term divorce includes decree absolute and marriage annulled. It excludes decree nisi and individuals who are separated.
n/a denotes not available. Due to the introduction of a new personnel administration system, RAF data are not available.
Due to the rounding methods used, totals may not always equal the sum of the parts. When rounding to the nearest 10, numbers ending in five have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.
In compiling this data a small error has been discovered in the RAF data given in my reply of 19 February 2007, Official Report, column 202W, to the hon. Member for Forest Dean (Mr. Harper) for which I apologise.
The error does not substantially alter the estimates of divorce rates in the RAF.
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