The Army have hold the greatest percentage of ethnic minority personnel across the services.
Diversity

Army Leading Services In Race Towards Diversity

Statistics from the Ministry of Defence show the disparity in ethnic-minority personnel.

The Army have hold the greatest percentage of ethnic minority personnel across the services.

The Government wants to see military diversity levels resemble those of the public (Picture: PA).

Government data shows the Army is still the most ethnically diverse service in our military, boasting over eight-tenths of ethnic minority personnel in our Armed Forces.

Figures released by the Ministry of Defence (MOD), reveal that 11.1% of the Army is comprised of Black, Asian and Minority Ethnicities (BAME).

This tops the Armed Forces' average of 7.6%, a figure brought down by the struggling Royal Air Force (2.3%) and Royal Navy (3.8% - including the Royal Marines).

Summer 2015 saw multiple long-term targets set out by the country’s defence and military leaders. One aim is to increase UK Regular Forces intake of BAME personnel to 10% by 2020. As of March this year, annual intake reached a hopeful 9.1%.

Progression through the ranks is shown to be a steep climb for minority groups across the forces, as the Army lead the pack with only 2.9% of officers from minority groups.

That starkly contrasts the minority make-up of non-officer ranks in the RAF (2.4%), alongside the Navy and Marine combined total of 4.3%.

Members of 131 Commando Squadron setting up an Air Portable Ferry Bridge 150516 CREDIT MOD
Members of 131 Commando Squadron setting up an Air Portable Ferry Bridge GP (Picture: MOD).

Other ranks paint a more optimistic picture for the Army, with 12.7% representation largely explained by Gurkha personnel.

This also sheds light on troops with foreign nationalities forming a majority (52.7%) of BAME personnel joining the UK Regular Forces.

To aid the process of meeting their long-term goal of 20% BAME intake across the Armed Forces, the government rolled out an inclusion strategy in October.

Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said in October: “Diversity and inclusion is critical to our success and will give us the operational edge we need.

"We are committed to delivering a more inclusive culture and a more diverse workforce at all levels.”

'Workforce policies, cultures and behaviour' within the forces will be addressed under the approach, according to a Gov.uk publication, aiding talent from minorities enter the ranks.