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We all have an opinion on what we do, but as a professional it is my/our responsibility to ensure that mission is carried out to a successful conclusion NO MATTER YOUR PERSONAL OPINION” Totally agree: “then you would realise that morality and correct behaviour in war is a key corner stone in the Armys being” From what I read earlier it seemed to me you were… Read more », Nath in respect of your last point, the trust is developed as you go through the ranks, from experienced private soldier, to Lcpl, Cpl, Platoon Sgt and so on, and as such the team grows with you, and on a new command, your experience, knowledge and character are generally already known. There has been lots of research to indicate being Ceoliac isn’t a disability as, if you’re on a GF diet, your body is functioning perfectly normally. Nine of the 16 infantry regiments are operating a fifth or more below the number of personnel needed – and four are operating at a quarter or more below their strength. Touching on the comment of following orders without question still stands as a concern. Its should never have been farmed out to Capita, they need to go back to basics of recruiting with recruitment officers run by the army staffed by ex army who can give a proper over view of what the army can do for you. I can assure you we are not automatons, and have our own opinion and thoughts. I applied to join the London Regiment last year and spent four very happy months training with the lads and lassies in Westminster. What, then, can be done to stop the decline and once again encourage a steady stream of young folk into the British army? Army jobs has over 100+ roles to explore, from combat to engineer, medical or IT. When faced with this sort of rubbish when you are 16,17,18 its no surprise that people simply give it up as a bad job. All Scottish Regiments are under strength, and have been for a good number of years. All branches are short of people in lots of trades. Britain faces an army recruitment crisis, with frontline combat units operating as much as 40% below strength, figures obtained by the Guardian reveal. It's the Boxing Day gales! Responsibility for this was outsourced to “leading provider of technology enabled business services” company Capita in 2012, and delivery of outcomes have been, so far, underwhelming to say the least. Compare and constrast with the Royal Marine Commandos: “It’s a state of mind. As for Iraq, undfortunalty like… Read more ». Not sure the idea of adverts of soldiers crying though obviously completely acceptable in such situations, is necessarily going to encourage people to join. They will see the Staffy with a few years left that is literally just… Read more », The Navy are no better off as to what is happening at the moment. So what has Britain bartered out of Barnier? Then… Read more », I think you do a dis-service to the armed forces’ personnel and frankly you’re drawing extrapolations about me on the basis of a very limited snapshot of my thinking. Needless to say i have watched the “changing face” of the army since he left and to be honest its not a pretty sight. Like every male member of my family, over many generations, I signed up as a Junior Leader not expecting the Government to betray us all. Why is British Army recruiting in such a bad state? The “family” regiments are gone so there is no longer an identity e.g. Something along the lines, perhaps, of; “Dad a bus driver? I couldn’t hold a pen till i was 11. It’s fair to say, I think, that it has divided opinion, with some seeing it as an attention grabbing approach to a thorny problem and others dismissing it as patronising and ill-judged. It’s all good and well talking about recruiting numbers but once those men and women get in the Army and see how everyone is depressed and fed up with the uncertainty, the terrible family life, constant pointless deployments with no operational pay and general pathetic management of the Army, do you think they will stay in? Some of the above is already being addressed. As I’m reading this though, your comments are under mine and indented. My apologies. That is patronising, arrogant, clearly not true if taken literally, and also disrespectful of those who currently staff the emergency services, the NHS, the teaching professions, etc etc. I was also in the Army. The New York Times reports that Capita received £26m in penalties on this contract in 2017 alone. The new British army recruiting campaign advertisements have caused a bit of a kerfuffle. Figures analysed by The Register show that the unit seems to have greater difficulty recruiting part-timers from the civilian world than it does in recruiting and keeping full-time soldiers.. You seem to suggest they’re just automatons, I’m sure they’re not. We are no longer accepting comments on this article. It refers to swearing an Oath to the Queen and her successors etc. Applicants had difficulties using the online system and Capita staff faced problems … Harry and Meghan release their first Christmas card since relocating to America... Is Whitehall hiring ANOTHER pal of Carrie Symonds? I ended up at Pirbright in April and ended up failing the hearing test with a dismal H3 in my left hear…curtains for me. The Army has been hit by a recruitment crisis – with a shortfall of more than 2,500 frontline soldiers compared with troop numbers in 2015. Out of the 7 years i spent in secondary school and sixform, we studied WW1 literature in English in all but three of those years. No one is neutral. The Royal Navy has made much of its new aircraft carriers, and it and the RAF have exploited the PR value of the introduction of the F-35B fast jets. Great perspective, From my old cadet detachment nearly all who went on to try and join the army were rejected on the flimsiest grounds, all mental health related. Again and again we read of poorly equipped soldiers for a start . Everyone, everyone – has an opinion. Then it was probably fortunate that you didn’t join as what would have happened if there was another operation going to happen that you didn’t agree with? Quickly find out if you can join the Army before starting the recruitment process. There were more than 2,580 fewer soldiers in infantry regiments than five years ago, Ministry of Defence figures show. But no doubt others will have much better ideas than mine. What “incessant repeats” of It Ain’t Half Hot Mum? This all started in October. A soldier patrols around Crossmaglen Army base, Northern Ireland, but as of January 1 there were 13,300 people serving in the Army – 17 per cent below the current target strength of 15,940. The campaign is part of the ‘ This is Belonging ’ series, which previously stirred rampant criticism across the country for veering to a ‘softer,’ politically-correct composition in 2017. The army is recruiting poor teenagers in its most dangerous roles because it cannot find adults to fill vacancies, a campaign group warned last night. The NHS is receiving an extra 20 billion over the next few years ( without any significant reform) with NHS… Read more ». Record numbers of people are joining the Army as the latest data reveals it is on track to hit its recruitment target, the Recruiting Partnership Programme has announced today. The Royal Navy’s got a backlog of over a year of applicants in many branches, for instance, there’s no general lack of qualified people wanting to join up. Big Battalions not a great idea, let’s just fill the ones we have, and extra pay would always be nice for the lads but never going to happen at that 50k level. I don’t know of a Military in the West that doesn’t have single rooms in their Barracks. So they’ve not ‘got away’ with not meeting their targets. I don’t think that’s correct, from what I can see of it the Forces are held in very high esteem by the vast majority of the public. I think the head of the British army has gone on record as saying one of the biggest errors was to remove the recruiting sgt from the high street offices. People would sign up in droves but we’d have a small number of overpaid, pampered students, in essence. The teachers tought us as if history teachers that people who enlisted where stupid and only after medals. Dragged down in the public eye by Iraq and Afghanistan, it has little good news to publicise. What would happen if you were given an order that didnt sit right with you with your rather civvy oreineted though process? A friend with mental illness problems trying to arrange an assessment. You clearly don’t understand leadership, as it is always set by the parameters of situation and to whom you lead, if it be an old lady across a road, or house clearing. The reality in the forces is that most are not aware of such things and follow orders blindly. The one that couldn’t victual a woodpecker in Sherwood Forest! Never put accountants in charge of defense. But before we get to your answers, lets recap on the latest figures. Pipe down Nath ‘ I was gonna join but’ you utter bell. They had a responsibility… Read more », Nath as a fighting man with 29 years service ( 2 years boys service, 22 up to RSM and 5 years LE comission) thank you for your insight into command and leadership. Yeah Harry, must have been lousy teacher’s…going by your spelling! Cleaners do clean the block association areas but not the rooms. The recruiting problem more a case of unemployment being low combined with Capita not being very good, to put it mildly. At the start of 2015, there were 15,880 personnel serving in regimental roles – 6 per cent fewer than the 16,847 needed (stock image). Website admin will know that you reported it. Is this the MOD department in N. Bristol? on about you ask. Angela Merkel pulls strings at 11th hour to avoid No Deal...... STEPHEN GLOVER: Brexit has cost four Tory Premiers their jobs... but at long last, a sigh of relief. The food is utter gash. The Army was fine, well, okay until 2010 and Cameron-Osbourne reduction, err, review. I take anything that may have offended you back. Britain's armed forces are "hollowing out" due to low recruitment levels, according to a new report by a Conservative MP. How many 18/25 years olds do you know that don’t live on their cellphones? It’s getting people talking about the army, something that doesn’t happen very much at the moment. Social Media and Comment Moderation Policy, Common myths about shipbuilding in Scotland, The danger of politicising military shipbuilding in Scotland, Airpower by novel means – Drones over Nagorno-Karabakh, Britain’s stealthy hunter-killer submarine – The Astute class. The British Army’s latest recruitment campaign has been questioned by many for its clear targeting of millennials in order to bolster its numbers. Consequently, the army is currently approximately 5,000 short of its 82,500 target for trained soldiers. The contract must have a termination for non delivery clause, it’s up to the Army / MOD whether they want to use it or not. Matt Hancock plunges millions more Brits into Tier 4, Fatal accident kills one and injures more at San Ysidro border crossing, Gorka cuts off MyPillow Guy's election conspiracy theories, 'I'm kicking myself!' Note how you reply to me at 16:55 and the there is further indent………and so on………. The military needs to be back in the major city high streets with high caliber military recruiting staff who can guide, nurture and inform potential recruits through this process.… Read more », Recruitment across the three sevices is slowly being addressed I believe, after a disastrous out sourcing experience. Surprised to hear some new recruits failed medical but because of someone they knew in the rectuitment process they were given another chance.How is that fair on others that were sent home, Yes a lot of it is down to problems with their advertising and obviously by some comments the website itself.I have never served but my husband has. She said: ‘Several of his Conservative predecessors have talked a good game, but all have failed to turn this shocking trend around. If you are knowingly entering into an illegal war then you are guilty of treason. At the start of 2015, there were 15,880 personnel serving in regimental roles – 6 per cent fewer than the 16,847 needed. The new British army recruiting campaign advertisements have caused a bit of a kerfuffle. With you… Read more », With respect, I have just read your other comments. Stalin had a kill ratio of at least 10-1 in his favour over Hitler and had already slaughtered more than Hitler before even came to power. This includes the busiest quarter since the partnership started seven years ago, with 1,000 more enlistments in January to March than the same three months last year; a successful trial to halve the amount of time to get recruits from application to basic training; and increasingly high proportions of applicants getting an offer of basic training, which is substantially better than pre-2012.'. The outsourcing company Capita has managed to bring in fewer than one in 10 of the recruits needed by the Army. Part of the Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group. Delays which have, in many cases, led to potential recruits giving up and looking for employment elsewhere. What is the silly bu…. After all, recruitment would be far less of an issue if soldiers were not leaving the Army at such a rapid rate. Glad you did not join to be fair, I take it you were thinking to go in a a REME Officer? That alone should tell you why this, and previous ad campaigns, have failed so badly. Then Tony Blair decided he wanted to go to war. The old dependable white working class male, the recruiting backbone of the military are very much in a minority take away the females and you can see the recruiting pool his indeed small. And frankly I’m sure they do. It comes after the opening up of all army posts to women and the relaxation of residency rules to allow greater recruitment from Commonwealth countries. The views expressed in the contents above are those of our users and do not necessarily reflect the views of MailOnline. If its supporting unit, F company, is removed from the figures, the shortfall increases to 42 per cent. First, and indeed most obvious, is that our collective knowledge of personal military service has very much reduced since the end of National Service in the early 1960s. But as of January 1 there were 13,300 people serving – 17 per cent below the current target strength of 15,940. All fighting men and women are charged with using their judgement and making moral decisions. However, another issue that many haven’t pointed to is are education system, which is horrifically anti military. The British Army came into being with the unification of the Kingdoms of England and Scotland into the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1707. Im severally dislexic and dispraxic. It made many troops bitter, and they got out whether hey had to or not. Facilities do need to be improved and I believe under the Blair government that did start to happen. But if you have the skills and personality to do one of the large number of roles that are shot of people you should be able to get in. Experts have cited various factors for recruitment difficulties, including low unemployment in Britain in recent years and the absence of any major conflicts involving the Army. In early 2019, recruitment numbers certainly increased, but in August 2019 official figures confirmed that the army remains 7,000 personnel short of its target. Recruitment was never the goal – it was lining the pockets of shareholders – which it has done very nicely. No matter the cause, no matter the reason, no matter the politics, once you have been given a mission/task then that mission and task is the main effort. Personally, I thought that going to remove Saddam, while he was trying to re-tool, was a good idea but the devious and frankly underhanded way Blair justified the intervention… Read more ». Few theories ; Scotland ’ s shit and they got out whether hey to... 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