British Army fails to attract new recruits, missing manpower target by thousands

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    Army recruiters missed their targets by a margin of 2,500 troops in 2016, new figures show. Combat infantry attracted especially low interest.
    The latest figures were released after a parliamentary question by former Labour Defence Minister Kevan Jones.

    The statistics show that despite a target of 9,580, the army recruited just 6,910 regular soldiers over the last 12 months – a shortfall of 28 percent.

    Hardest hit was the infantry, which despite a target figure of 3,480 convinced just 2,380 troops to sign up.

    The figures, delivered in the House of Commons by Armed Forces Minister Mike Penning, show there is also a shortfall in the number of officers, with only 633 joining despite a target of 750.

    Targets are internally set by the army recruitment and training division and are subject to constant change and review,” Penning said.

    In response, Jones said: “These figures show just how serious the army’s manning shortfall is and ministers need to clarify whether or not this is a deliberate attempt to balance the defense budget.

    No action on this issue will just lead to further overstretch for our armed forces and in turn even worse recruitment and retention.

    The House of Lords also debated recruitment with Tory peer and defense minister Lord Howe answering questions from Labour’s Lord Touhig.

    Howe said a growing economy and national skill shortage meant military recruiting could not be “taken for granted.

    In response we have in place a number of short and long-term plans to ensure that the offer of military service in the armed forces continues to be competitive, so that we can recruit and retain in sufficient quantity to meet the strength targets set out in the strategic defense and security review 2015,” Howe told the Lords.

    Under measures introduced by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government in 2010, the army alone has been cut from 120,000 personnel to fewer than 82,000.

    https://www.rt.com/uk/374919-join-army-recruitment-figures/
     
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    We can source few battle ready Indians into the British service for a small fee.:respect:
     
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    Why not out source some baby making skills of Indian males. We can seed and populate your country so you won't have any shortage of willing battle ready Britishers. No fee required absolutely free.:mrgreen::D:p
     
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    I think it's more the case that the Iraq War has put people off military service. Being willing to die for your country is one thing, but being willing to die for **** all is another.
     
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    What UK (and a lot of countries in Europe) need, is a right proper war.
     
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    Other branches of Her Majesty's Armed Forces are facing personnels shortage and recruiting problems.

    Royal Navy tries to plug its staff sinkhole with urgent plea to retired and ageing sailors

    http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/766183/Royal-Navy-plug-staff-shortage-urgent-plea-ex-sailors

    I know for exemple that the Royal Navy is borrowing personnels from other navies.... such as France,Canada and the US.
     
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    May be they should ask India for 'Aid' to help encourage their citizens in joining the army.
     
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    A large number of officers of IN who took early retirement have gone and joined Australian Navy in the same rank in which they left IN. They have been granted Australian citizenship. That is one of the ways out for RN.
     
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