HC Deb 26 March 1979 vol 965 c61W
Mr. Churchill

asked the Secretary of State for Defence how many officers and non-commissioned officers in each of the Services, respectively, have resigned or signified their intention to resign in the year 1978–79.

Mr. Wellbeloved

The number of male officers who have applied to leave the Services prematurely in the year 1978–79 (April-February) is as follows:

RN/RM 334
Army 777
RAF 557

Comparable figures for applications from non-commissioned officers are not available.

The figures for 1978–79 have been calculated in a slightly different way from earlier years. Up to April 1978 RN/RM applications were counted on the actual date of the application. Any dates were, however, counted on the date at which they were considered by the Army Retirement Board. In April 1978, therefore, the statistics on premature retirement for all three Services were collected relative to the date of the receipt of the application to the MOD.