Friday, November 13, 2015

Forces face manpower crisis after number of personnel fell much quicker than top brass expected due to cuts, poor morale and lack of combat Defence

Defence chiefs face a manpower crisis after the number of Britain’s military personnel fell much quicker than expected.
Cutbacks, slow recruitment, poor morale, the search for better pay and the lack of combat opportunities have seen the strength of the army, navy and air force dwindle.
Figures released yesterday showed the number of Army troops has dropped by more than 20,000, three years ahead of a government target.
Figures released yesterday by the Ministry of Defence on their website showed the number of Army troops has dropped by more than 20,000, three years ahead of a government target (file image)

Figures released yesterday by the Ministry of Defence on their website showed the number of Army troops has dropped by more than 20,000, three years ahead of a government target (file image)
Such is the crisis that the latest figures for October show there were just 80,430 regular soldiers, well below the planned target of 82,000.
There were 84,240 troops at the same period last year.
The figures, buried inside a 15-page document on the Ministry of Defence website, also showed applications to join the Army had fallen by 11,600 from 56,840 to 45,240 this year. Slow recruiting, poor morale, better pay elsewhere and the lack of a war for soldiers to fight on the frontline means numbers have fallen faster than expected.
They are likely to fall further still unless recruitment is stepped up significantly and soldiers are given greater incentives to stay in the forces.
As part of an Armed Forces shake-up, the Government ordered the Army to shrink from 102,000 to 82,000 to save £11billion.
As part of an Armed Forces shake-up, the Government ordered the Army to shrink from 102,000 to 82,000 to save £11billion (file image)

As part of an Armed Forces shake-up, the Government ordered the Army to shrink from 102,000 to 82,000 to save £11billion (file image)
Generals planned to hit the target by 2018 but thousands of soldiers were made redundant and thousands more have left voluntarily.
The number of regular RAF personnel dropped from 32,520 to 31,250 in a year, figures also showed. Combined Royal Navy and Royal Marines numbers fell from 30,220 to 29,710 over the same period.
The Royal Navy is said to be a in a ‘perilous’ situation, with thousands more sailors needed to man two new aircraft carriers. But the MoD pointed to figures showing 13,000 recruits joined the Armed Forces in the past year.
But the MoD pointed to figures showing an increase in new recruits in the past 12 months.
An MoD spokesperson said: ‘It is positive to see that more and more people are choosing a career in the Armed Forces with more than 13,000 joining in the past 12 months, an increase of 12.8 per cent compared to the same period last year.’


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