General Article Armed forces workforce

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Main facts and figures

  • As at October 2018, people from ethnic minorities (not including White minorities) made up 2.5% of officers in the UK regular armed forces, compared with 2.4% in April 2012
  • For ranks below officer, 8.8% of all armed forces personnel were from ethnic minorities, compared with 7.9% in April 2012
  • The Army had the highest percentage of people from ethnic minorities working both as officers and in other ranks, compared with the other armed forces

By ethnicity, service and rank

Summary

This data shows that:

  • Overall, people from ethnic minorities (not including White minorities) made up 2.5% of officers in the UK armed forces and 8.8% of other ranks as at October 2018
  • People from ethnic minorities made up 2.8% of officers in the Army, compared with 2.3% of those in the Royal Air Force, and 2.0% of those in the Royal Navy/Royal Marines
  • Among personnel in other ranks, people f

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