Amidst the controversy over sacking armed services personnel I have today received the figures for the MOD headcount.
The total is down 1470 between May 2010 and January 2011 (full time equivalents). Over this same time period 3250 (fte) left the MOD, implying they must have hired 1780 new people (fte) over the same time period. The total in employment last month was 84,180. (fte)
There might be more scope for natural wastage to do the job they want to do.