Sex at the top

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No, this isn’t a tabloid headline but a look at the percentages of men and women at the top of each of the services as of the 1st of January 2014.

The Army

Rank Female Male
Field Marshal 0 0
General 0 5
Lieutenant General 0 11
Major General 0 42
Brigadier 2 158
Colonel 25 495

NOTES;

1. Regular Forces comprises trained and untrained personnel and excludes Gurkhas, Full Time Reserve Service personnel and mobilised reservists.

2. Rounding has been used for Colonels. When rounding to the nearest 10, numbers ending in “5” have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.

 

Naval Service

Rank Female Male
Admiral of the Fleet 0 0
Admiral 0 1
Vice Admiral 0 9
Rear Admiral 0 29
Commodore 0 75
Captain 5 260

NOTES;

1. Comprises trained and untrained personnel and excludes Full Time Reserve Service personnel and mobilised reservists.

2. Comprises the Royal Navy (including the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Naval Nursing Service) and the Royal Marines combined.

3. Rounding has been used for male Captains. When rounding to the nearest 10, numbers ending in “5” have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias. For female Captains the actual figure is shown.

 

Royal Air Force

Rank Female Male
Marshal of the RAF 0 0
Air Chief Marshal 0 3
Air Marshal 0 8
Air Vice-Marshal 1 24
Air Commodore 4 72
Group Captain 20 290

NOTES;

1. Rounding has been used for Group Captains. When rounding to the nearest 10, numbers ending in “5” have been rounded to the nearest multiple of 20 to prevent systematic bias.

2.  The RAF has promoted a second female to Air Vice Marshal (2 star) level since 1 January.

 

 

As interesting as these figures are, they don’t provide any means of comparison between services, either on a percentage of the total basis or when examined with the service specific issues in mind, posts open to women for example. Accepting those limitations, the RN and RAF is about the same size and shows a similar split, the Army numbers look broadly commensurate given the fewer number of options available for women.

 

 

 

 

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