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Army Leading Services In Race Towards Diversity

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

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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 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 publication, aiding talent from minorities enter the ranks.