What is the Number of British Army Personnel who Fail to Complete Phase 1 Initial Training (2010 to 2016)?

Table 1 provides an outline of the numbers who either completed training or where discharged.

Table 1: British Army discharge (DI) and output (OP) 
Entry Type [1] 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13
DI OP DI OP DI OP
Regular Officer 80 580 50 650 70 630
CIC 830 1010 1250 2370 910 2170
CMS 750 4360 860 4400 860 4710
JE 400 890 430 850 300 1190
Entry Type 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16
DI OP DI OP DI OP
Regular Officer 40 530 30 530 30 460
CIC 660 2060 600 1230 550 1570
CMS 690 3860 630 3420 850 3920
JE 290 1110 270 1010 240 1050

Notes:

  1. Entry Types include:
    1. Regular Officer: Regular Direct Entry (DE) Officer undertaking training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) on the commissioning course.
    2. CIC: Combined Infantryman Course, which combines phase 1 and 2 training.
    3. CMS: Common Military Syllabus training for senior entry non-Infantry recruits.
    4. JE: Junior Entry recruits on either the long or short course.
  2. Gurkhas and Gibraltar Regiment personnel are excluded from the data.
  3. Those who ’Discharge’ include those who have been discharged as having a ‘Defect on Enlistment (DoE)’ which are manifestations of the Recruiting Pipeline. This includes Initial Medical Assessment (IMA) failures and those who sustain an injury, or have another life event (such as a conviction), between Assessment Centre and Enlistment, which makes them ineligible to join the Army.
  4. All of the Entry paths above are very different in their nature, so comparisons between them should be treated with caution.

You can read about the British Army’s Phase 1 Basic Training for both officers and soldiers here.

Reference

FOI 2016/11677 dated 04 January 2017.

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