As of 2015 the total strength of the UK forces service personnel was just under 200,000. Each year about 16,500 people leave the Armed Forces. Reservists work alongside the Regular Forces on missions in the UK and overseas. You can find out more about Reservists on all the Armed Forces websites.
Make up of the Armed Forces
A descriptor of the rank structure and the levels of associated responsibility can be found by clicking the links below.
The Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) have mapped military rank to ILM qualification equivalent.