What is the Number of Women in the Royal Armoured Corps as of October 2017?

Table 1 provides an outline of the number of women in the British Army’s Royal Armoured Corps (RAC) as of October 2017.

Table 1: Women in the Royal Armoured Corps
Type Untrained Trained
Regular 5 5
Reserve 5 or less 30
Source: Defence Statistics (Army)

Note: Numbers are rounded in accordance with MOD policy.

The following is for those of you who are unaware of why the number of women in British Army ground combat roles is so low.

Women could not apply for ground combat roles until November 2016, when applications were allowed for the RAC.

The average time for an application being received to join the British Army and an individual commencing initial training is around 300 days.

Basic (Phase 1) training then takes 14 weeks and initial trade (Phase 2 employment) training for the RAC is between 22 and 25 weeks.  Women already serving could apply for the RAC but would have to undertake initial trade training before they could join a unit in the RAC.

Reference

MoD (Ministry of Defence) (2017) Number of Females in the Royal Armoured Corps as of October 2017. Available from World Wide Web: https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/656895/2017-10388.pdf. [Accessed: 08 November, 2017].

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