Armed forces numbers dropping

ATTENTION: Small fall in armed services in Murcia. Photo credit: Ministerio de Defensa

THE number of people serving in the military in the Murcia region has reduced since 2011.

Latest figures released as part of a parliamentary question showed a drop of 145 in the six years from January 2011 to January 2017 and represents a fall of 2.3 per cent.   Thus, the total strength of the Spanish Armed Forces assigned to the autonomous region dropped from 6,215 to 6,070 in the period.

Areas that saw increases were Extremadura, Cantabria and Catalonia, followed by Galicia and Asturias.  All the other autonomous communities, including Valencia, saw falls.

In percentage terms, the highest increase corresponds to Extremadura which with 4,635 troops has registered an increase of 12.3 per cent, ahead of Cantabria (8 per cent) and Catalonia (6.2 per cent).

The biggest reduction was in Castilla-La Mancha with a 16.8 per cent drop, Baleares (13.3 per cent), and País Vasco (12.4 per cent).  Despite being the richest autonomous community, Madrid – with a 28,159 members of the military – has registered a decrease of 7.8 per cent.

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