A Brief History Of British Army Service Numbers
Service personnel for the British Army have been issued a seven or eight digit service number since 1950.
Before the 50’s, service numbers were issued at regimental level.
These service numbers would then stay with that soldier forever.
For example, if you or I were to join the Royal Tank Regiment before 1950, our service numbers would be somewhere between 7868001 – 7891868.
A more detailed explanation can be found here: WW2 Army Service Numbers
If we transferred to Royal Army Medical Corps later on, the number would stay the same but be different to those who started in the RAMC.
Army Service Numbers After WW2
Due to a huge influx in new soldiers, the British Army devised a new service numbering system.
Rather than being dependant on the starting regiment, service numbers would now be issued Army wide.
The table below shows you Army numbers from 1950 onwards.
British Army Service Numbers By Year
|22000000 to 22199408||October 1950|
|22199409 to 22460786||October 1950||February 1951|
|22460787 to 22562759||February 1951||July 1951|
|22562760 to 23052500||July 1951||June 1955|
|23052501 to 23188252||June 1955||October 1955|
|23188253 to 23479123||October 1955||May 1956|
|23479124 to 23845071||May 1956||October 1960|
|23845072 to 23969619||October 1960||April 1964|
|23969620 to 24033484||April 1964||October 1964|
|24033485 to 24057159||October 1964||April 1965|
|24057160 to 24076468||April 1965||December 1966|
|24076469 to 24182226||December 1966||April 1969|
|24182227 to 24262662||April 1969||September 1971|
|24262663 to 24302033||September 1971||September 1972|
|24302034 to 24315610||September 1972||January 1973|
|24315611 to 24322198||January 1973||February 1973|
|24322199 to 24355527||February 1973||August 1974|
|24355528 to 24369281||August 1974||September 1975|
|24369282 to 24475540||September 1975||May 1978|
|24475541 to 24520161||May 1978||March 1979|
|24520162 to 24579860||March 1979||August 1980|
|24579861 to 24587118||August 1980||March 1981|
|24587119 to 24753060||March 1981||December 1985|
|24753061 to 24854044||December 1985||November 1988|
|24854045 to 25012465||November 1988||January 1992|
|25012466 to 25027818||January 1992||July 1993|
|25027819 to 25065603||July 1993||July 1997|
|25065604 to 25130600||July 1997||February 2001|
|25130601 to 25136865||February 2001||August 2001|
|25136866 to 25139703||August 2001||August 2001|
|25139704 to 252xxxxx||August 2001||to March 2007|
British Army Service Number Lookup
If you’re hoping to find military personnel by their service number then you’re out of luck.
There is no, open source database of Army numbers and the soldiers they’re assigned to.
Rather than trying to look up British Army service numbers, you could try and request military service records but only if that person passed away more than 25 years ago.
The Star Of A New Era
April 2007 saw the new Army numbering structure for all tri-services start with 3000.
This system should allow for ~10 million soldiers to have a service number beginning with 3.
At the current rate of new service personnel joining, it looks as though this system will be in place for a very long time.
Author: Dean Michael