TOTAL UK SERVICE PERSONNEL - ANNUAL TOTALS 1900-2011
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YearTotal Strength, UK Service Personnel (Regulars), as at 1 April each year. Units: Thousands, FTEYearGDP-UK £ billionPopulation-UK millionDefence, percent of GDPDefence, £bn (2005 rate)£ per personnelPersonnel per 100,000 populationConflicts
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1900416.4019001.88541.2143.786.3315,2021,010Boer War, China (Boxer rebellion)
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1901539.8019011.89341.66.511.1120,5821,298Boer war, Nigeria, China (Boxer rebellion)
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1902520.2019021.90641.9656.9111.9823,0301,240Boer War
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1903451.8019031.88142.3346.0610.423,0191,067Tibet
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1904418.3019041.88142.7053.966.8716,424980Tibet
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1905401.1019051.94943.083.496.2515,582931
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1906392.1019062.03343.4593.165.7914,767902
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1907376.5019072.11343.842.895.414,343859
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1908379.3019082.01144.22535.3914,210858
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1909381.4019092.05244.6132.965.4514,289855
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1910383.7019102.1445.0053.035.7314,934853
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1911388.3019112.22745.43.136.1215,761855
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1912389.8019122.32745.1333.126.1815,854864
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1913393.3019132.4244.8683.096.3716,196877
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19141,478.4019142.45144.6043.216.754,5663,315WW1
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19152,825.8019152.94344.34214.9333.111,7136,373WW1
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19163,834.8019163.43444.08140.891.523,8608,699WW1
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19174,333.0019174.27643.82246.19102.9423,7579,888WW1
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19184,583.3019185.10843.56447.07106.9223,32810,521WW1, Iraqi Kurdistan
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19191,604.7019195.48443.30840.183.9452,3093,705Russia civil war, Irish civil war, Afghanistan, Turkey
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1920597.7019205.97543.05311.6121.9236,6741,388Somaliland, Turkey
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1921438.5019214.90744.0726.0610.3323,558995Turkey
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1922368.0019224.45844.2684.988.9424,293831Turkey
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1923334.7019234.25444.4652.95.3616,014753Turkey
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1924339.3019244.36644.6632.845.4916,180760
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1925342.3019254.50844.8622.655.3115,513763
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1926341.0019264.34945.0622.925.6716,628757
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1927339.3019274.59945.2632.75.6416,622750
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1928330.7019284.59945.4642.725.7417,357727
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1929325.6019294.69245.6672.545.5116,923713
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1930317.3019304.61545.872.575.5317,428692
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1931319.1019314.31646.0742.715.5617,424693
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1932316.8019324.22346.2842.675.4917,330684
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1933316.4019334.29846.4952.585.4717,288681
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1934317.4019344.51746.7062.575.7818,210680
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1935320.8019354.7246.9192.586.0118,734684
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1936339.3019364.98747.1332.927.1220,984720Palestine
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1937352.4019375.33447.3483.669.2426,220744Palestine
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1938384.8019385.50247.5633.749.5224,740809Palestine/Israel
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19391,068.8519395.91847.784.511.9511,1802,237WW2, Palestine/Israel
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19401,812.6019407.18347.9978.9626.1714,4383,776WW2, Palestine/Israel
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19413,285.4019418.65448.21637.36118.5936,0966,814WW2, Palestine/Israel
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19423,880.8019429.48248.4243.21139.6135,9758,015WW2, Palestine/Israel
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19434,452.80194310.09348.62448.18158.3735,5669,158WW2, Palestine/Israel
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19444,691.10194410.1848.82948.77153.2532,6689,607WW2, Palestine/Israel
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19454,906.4019459.90849.03552.01155.9631,78710,006WW2, , Palestine/Israel, Indonesia
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19461,937.8019469.96849.24244.61130.4767,3293,935Palestine/Israel, Vietnam, Indonesia
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19471,255.00194710.77249.4512.3735.728,4462,538Palestine/Israel, Vietnam, Indonesia
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1948830.00194811.97449.6596.8420.3224,4821,671Palestine/Israel, Vietnam, Indonesia
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1949759.50194912.72649.868618.4324,2661,523Malaya, Indonesia
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1950696.40195013.30850.0795.5917.725,4161,391Korea, Malaya
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1951823.80195114.78450.299.8632.0838,9411,638Korea, Malaya
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1952871.70195215.98350.53611.1736.3941,7461,725Korea, Malaya, Kenya
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1953868.00195317.1215110.9637.0742,7071,709Korea, Malaya, Kenya
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1954840.10195418.1265110.0335.3142,0311,646Malaya, Kenya
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1955804.70195519.49518.8532.2240,0401,569Malaya, Kenya, Cyprus
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1956762.30195620.956528.631.6141,4671,479Suez, Malaya, Kenya, Cyprus
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1957703.90195722.105527.7929.0941,3271,359Suez, Malaya, Kenya, Cyprus
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1958615.50195823.05527.4427.8845,2971,183Malaya, Kenya, Cyprus
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1959566.50195924.348527.0527.5748,6671,083Malaya, Kenya, Cyprus
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1960521.10196025.977536.7627.8553,445992Malaya, Kenya, Cyprus
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1961457.50196127.413536.7828.5862,470866
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1962434.00196228.711537.230.6870,691817Malaysia, Oman
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1963417.50196330.40953731.1274,539782Aden, Malaysia, Oman
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1964416.70196433.228546.8332.0376,866776Aden, Malaysia, Oman
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1965414.60196535.888546.732.177,424767Aden, Malaysia, Oman
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1966409.50196638.189546.5832.1378,462754Aden, Malaysia, Oman
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1967406.60196740.281556.7733.8983,350744Aden, Malaysia, Oman
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1968395.80196843.656556.2932.882,870720Northern Ireland, Oman
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1969383.00196947.023555.5529.5677,180693Northern Ireland, Oman
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1970373.00197051.696565.4229.4779,008671Northern Ireland, Oman
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1971368.00197157.67565.5230.6783,342658Northern Ireland, Oman
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1972371.40197264.621565.3830.9883,414664Northern Ireland, Oman
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1973367.00197374.545565.5133.9992,616655Northern Ireland, Oman
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1974349.30197484.513565.6234.2197,939623Northern Ireland, Oman
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1975338.401975106.717565.4733.1197,843603Northern Ireland, Oman
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1976336.601976126.274565.7635.79106,328600Northern Ireland, Oman
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1977330.501977146.973565.5735.41107,141588Northern Ireland
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1978320.701978169.344565.6336.97115,279570Northern Ireland
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1979315.001979199.22565.6838.3121,587560Northern Ireland
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1980320.601980233.184565.7938.19119,120569Northern Ireland
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1981333.801981256.279565.6937.04110,965592Northern Ireland
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1982327.601982281.024565.9539.59120,849580Falklands, Northern Ireland
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1983320.601983307.207575.2736.34113,350567Northern Ireland
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1984325.901984329.913575.2737.31114,483575Northern Ireland
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1985326.201985361.758575.2838.7118,639574Northern Ireland
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1986322.501986389.149575.1739.38122,109567Northern Ireland
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1987319.801987428.665574.7637.94118,637561Northern Ireland
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1988316.901988478.51574.3736.57115,399555Northern Ireland
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1989311.601989525.274574.0935.05112,484545Northern Ireland
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1990305.801990570.283574.0935.26115,304533Northern Ireland
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1991298.101991598.664574.0834.68116,337519Gulf War, Northern Ireland
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1992293.401992622.08584.1835.62121,404509Bosnia, Northern Ireland
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1993274.801993654.196584.0235.06127,584476Bosnia, Northern Ireland
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1994254.501994692.987583.7534.03133,713439Bosnia, Northern Ireland
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1995233.301995733.266583.4832.58139,649402Bosnia, Northern Ireland
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1996221.901996781.726583.1630.4136,999381Bosnia, Northern Ireland
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1997210.801997830.094583.0230.09142,742361Northern Ireland
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1998210.101998879.102592.7728.59136,078358Kosovo, Northern Ireland
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